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Mountain weather can be very unpredictable and can change very quickly.

Winter temperatures can fall suddenly to below minus 20 degrees Celsius and it’s not uncommon for snow to fall on the peaks and even the lower slopes of the Main Range mid-summer; so it’s worth getting a weather forecast before heading out hiking for the day.

Summer temperatures can get as high as the mid-thirties in the townships of the Snowy Mountains, however the night-time temperatures can get down to sub-zero on occasion, so be prepared for any weather. During the summer months temperatures will always be a few degrees cooler the higher the elevation you travel to.

"When walking or camping in the mountains, always inform friends or family of your intended route and when you are likely to return."

Whether you are setting out in summer or winter, always carry waterproof jackets and wear layers of clothing that can be removed as you go. When walking or camping in the mountains, always inform friends or family of your intended route and when you are likely to return. You can also enter your details in the Walkers Registry Book at the Snowy Region Visitor Centre, located in Jindabyne.

When driving in winter, from the June long weekend until the October long weekend, please note the following:

  • Many minor roads will be closed.
  • Some major roads will be closed, for example the Cabramurra-Khancoban road, and the Kosciuszko Road from Perisher Valley to Charlotte Pass.
  • Drivers must carry snow chains when travelling in Kosciuszko National Park in winter. This applies only to two-wheel-drive vehicles. Snow chains can be hired from service stations and ski hire outlets in the region. One way chain hire is available at Jindabyne Shell Station, Khancoban Road House and the Adaminaby BP Service Station.
  • Check road conditions before you set out through the Snowy Mountains. RTA 132 701. Stay safe when visiting, drive cautiously and give other drivers plenty of room. Black ice may not be seen when driving until too late, so it's best to obey warnings and be cautious.

For frequent updates, tune in to Radio Snowy Mountains 2XL (96.3) and Snow FM (97.7).

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