Drivers warned of snow and ice

MOTORISTS are being warned to take it easy on the roads around the New England region as snow flurries fall.

The RMS issued a warning yesterday advising of snow and ice on the New England Highway between Glen Innes and Armidale, as well as at Ebor on the Waterfall Way.

Locals reported snow falls around Guyra, west of Armidale, around Hanging Rock, Black Mountain, Invergowrie and near Walcha.

New England police Acting Inspector Stuart Gray said motorists should be extra careful on the roads into the weekend.

“Plan ahead, take more time and leave plenty of gap between your vehicle and the vehicle in front of you,” he said yesterday.

“Black ice is not common and it’s something motorists can’t see but it is very dangerous.”

New England police said despite no reports of serious accidents, drivers should not become complacent.

“Just because the sun is out it doesn’t mean it will melt the ice,” Acting Inspector Gray said.

“The Pinch is a high- risk area around Guyra that is subject to ice and snow.

“Motorists should slow down and take extra care and plan their journeys.”

Acting Inspector Gray said locals should also pay attention to weather forecasts and any road reports or diversions which are put in place because of dangerous conditions.

* See our snow coverage, pages 6 and 7 of The Northern Daily Leader today.


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