Snow and winds closed access to Barrington Tops

Wonderland: Barrington Tops was blanketed by snow on the weekend. Visitors had access on Friday and Saturday morning before road closures. Photo: Deanna Nowlan.

Wonderland: Barrington Tops was blanketed by snow on the weekend. Visitors had access on Friday and Saturday morning before road closures. Photo: Deanna Nowlan.

Strong winds and light snow at Barrington Tops forced the closure of several roads on the weekend, much to the disappointment of some locals and visitors.

On Saturday afternoon, Barrington Tops Forest Road was closed due to icy and slippery conditions.

National Parks rangers travelled to the Polblue campground the following day and determined the roads into the area had deteriorated significantly. The roads from Gloucester and Scone were closed, with police onsite to turn back drivers.

Hunter Valley Police District Inspector Guy Guiana issued a warning to visitors intending on heading to the Tops in difficult conditions.

"Let someone know your plans before travelling, understand that mobile phone coverage is very limited in this remote area, and that conditions on the sub-alpine plateau can change rapidly," he said.

Despite more snowfall overnight on Monday, word from the tops was the road was opened to four-wheel-drive vehicles.

Drivers were still encouraged to exercise caution due to the condition of the road.

Two-wheel-drives and all-wheel-drives are still barred between the Dingo Gate and Honeysuckle Gate.

According to National Parks, the road is slushy but not icy at this stage.

There is still snow before the closed sections.

Damaging winds lashed the Upper Hunter and North Coast. Strong gusts brought down a large tree at the Victoria Hotel at Moonan Flat, near Barrington Tops.