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Sun 14 Jul, 2019 2:17 pm
Thanks for the clarifications guys.
I'll be in a rental vehicle, so won't be carrying chains and definitely won't proceed if the road is closed to all traffic (as I strongly doubt I'll be insured in the case of an accident). Unlike the big players, it seems Apex rentals don't have a "no driving on snow-covered roads" restriction, which gives us a bit more flexibility than most tourists - even if we need to keep to a more leisurely pace due to conditions.
Sun 14 Jul, 2019 2:53 pm
Cradle Mountain Road/Dove Lake Road – road open but use extreme caution.
This one could probably benefit from a bit more clarity, even if it brief before obscurity.
The road is (was?) open, it's considered passable without 4wd.
Iv'e been up there the last two days (and enough times in winter) and would add that it should be kept in mind this alert only applies to the road itself. There may be no place you can get off the road.Those cars
you see coming through may well be passing by Cradle Mt. altogether (not today as the road west of CM is/was(?) closed). Those tyre tracks off the road may well have been a 4wd or AWD.
So many dramas caused by people trying to turn around or pull off onto a verge, the drive wheel looses traction and that's where they stay. On top of that, without forecast or warning,even the main road can quickly turn to 4wd conditions (ie. in the space of a snow shower..).
Most of the accommodation places (and management authorities) have snow plows and will tow but keep in mind that, given the snow and increased visitation is all happening over a short time frame, you may find getting in to accommodation sites or even off into the car-parks can get you stuck or else take some time/effort.. and they all seem hesitant to over-warn potential customers.. walk in and ask for advice? or it's very easy to block the road/ slide into a drift and do some damage. Away from the centres (at CM) think carefully before going anywhere (at all) off the cleared road, especially late in the day.
Sun 14 Jul, 2019 10:02 pm
Thanks, good advice. I've driven in snow/icy conditions overseas before, but admittedly that was all on asphalt. Never hit black ice either, as you don't really get that at 20-something below zero!
The rental company said I'll be given either a RAV4 or Outlander (I confirmed they're not running FWD spec models), so on-demand AWD with "lock" functions. Not true centre diff locks, but hopefully enough to get moving from a standstill on the slippery stuff.
Sun 14 Jul, 2019 10:26 pm
'Black Ice' is just ice on the hard top/black bitumen road surface, difficult to see.
Generally just watch the shady corners in winter. Snow affecting driving conditions is uncommon here, the conditions now don't really indicate much beyond now.
2 wheels driving is good insurance but I'd not be too concerned.
My comments (if for any reader) were probably as much for locals who seem to fall for the same set of dramas every snowy weekend
Tue 16 Jul, 2019 10:42 am
From Parks & Wildlife Service
Updated 16 July 2019
The Cradle Mountain webcam is currently out of order due to snow damage to the electrical infrastructure. Repairs will be undertaken as soon as possible. For further information please contact Cradle Mountain Visitor Centre on (03) 6492 1110.
Fri 09 Aug, 2019 8:50 am
More snow overnight on the higher peaks and more to follow.
Any current reports from Cradle.
Fri 09 Aug, 2019 11:14 am
I was a passenger in a car on the Alpine Way, Kosciuszko NP, approaching Dead Horse Gap from the west in winter. The bitumen was dry, with some water across the road from snow melt in the sun. We went into a shady corner and hit ice, spinning out of control backwards down the embankment, scary. The back of the car stopped in saplings and bushes, minor damage. The car was towed out and could be driven. A short distance towards Thredbo we saw two other cars in two places down the embankment, like us with very long tow ropes from the tow trucks.
Be very careful of shady corners in winter. Reduce speed and turn slowly.
Fri 09 Aug, 2019 4:39 pm
Lophophaps wrote:Be very careful of shady corners in winter.
Does not have to be a corner, any spot that is/has had shade should be treated as dangerous. And at night ...
Mon 19 Aug, 2019 8:02 am
Good snow falls over night with snow low down on Mt Roland.
Some snow on the ground at Great Lake
Is there any reports Cradle Mountain way?
Closed roads from Tasmania Police community alerts
Pinnacle Road, Mount Wellington – closed at The Springs.
Belvoir Road – closed due to snow, clearing commencing.
Cradle Mountain Road/Dove Lake Road – closed due to snow, clearing commencing.
Lyell Highway between Derwent Bridge and Lake Burbury – closed due to snow, clearing commencing.
Video of the snow at Cradle Mountain Hotelhttps://m.facebook.com/cradlemountainhotel/
Mon 19 Aug, 2019 9:18 pm
We left Cradle yesterday morning and the wet had only just started to hit, and Roland was shrouded in cloud. This afternoon we had very fine snow pellets fall on us at 400m elevation crossing the Eastern Tiers. Could see plenty of the white stuff up on the Ben Lomond plateau from Highway 1.
Thu 22 Aug, 2019 12:44 pm
Good snow cover over night.
Mt Roland was white this morning.
From Tasmania Police Community Alerts
Collins Cap Road – Road open to 4×4 only from Springdale Road to Suhrs Road
Cradle Mountain Road – Open, but use extreme caution.
Dove Lake Road – Open, but use extreme caution.
Highland Lakes Road – Extreme Caution for slippery conditions open to 4×4 only.
Interlaken Road – Road open from Midland Highway through to Steppes 4×4 vehicles only. (2×4 with chains between Bakers Tier and Marlborough)
Lake Dobson Road – Extreme Caution for slippery conditions open to 4×4 and 2×4 with chains only
Lake St. Clair Road – 4×4 and 2×4 with chains only.
Lyell Highway – Wayatinah to Derwent Bridge use extreme caution.
Marlborough Road – Extreme Caution for slippery conditions.
Poatina Road – 4×4 only proceed with extreme caution.
Tunbridge Tier Road – Road open to 4×4 vehicles only
Drive to the conditions and be mindful of changing weather conditions.
Belvoir Road – Closed from the Murchison Highway to Leary’s Corner. (Expected to be open by midday)
Gordon River Road – has been closed from Florentine Road, West, due to trees over power lines in the Tim Shea area
Lyell Highway – Closed from Lake Burbury to Derwent Bridge. (Expected to be open by 11:00am)
Pinnacle Road, Mount Wellington – closed at Bracken Lane due to snow.
Tarkine Tourist Road (incorporating Rebecca Road, Blackwater Road, Sumac Road, Lake Chisholm Road, Rapid River Road & Tayatea Road) – Closed (Expected to be open by 3:00pm)
Thu 22 Aug, 2019 2:03 pm
No mention of the Mersey Forest Road. Anybody been up there today?
Thu 22 Aug, 2019 3:05 pm
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Thu 22 Aug, 2019 3:10 pm
Fri 23 Aug, 2019 10:11 am
What a pity the webcam crashes out every winter. Right when it is the best time to take a peek at the view.
Maybe when they start throwing all this money around on a new viewing platform they could install a camera that doesnt shiver so badly
Sat 24 Aug, 2019 7:54 pm
Son of a Beach wrote:No mention of the Mersey Forest Road. Anybody been up there today?
Drove down there Monday, snow was falling but not settling. But then at KO we had a big dump which would have been the Thursday
Mon 09 Sep, 2019 1:56 pm
Over night snow settled on our higher peaks.
Mon 09 Sep, 2019 9:01 pm
Sat 19 Oct, 2019 9:17 am
A cold southerly blast has left snow on the ground at Dove lake through to great lake,
So once again Cradle Mountain and surrounds are white today.
Thu 07 Nov, 2019 7:01 am
A Southerly blast overnight has covered Cradle Mountain area through to Great Lake with snow.
Pretty cold conditions down here.
Update from ABC https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-11-07/ ... a/11680676
Sat 09 Nov, 2019 5:39 pm
Just a photo from this afternoon.
Thinking of those affected by the fires in NSW
Wed 13 Nov, 2019 12:49 pm
Currently snowing up at Cradle Valley.
A strong westerly cold front is passing through with gale force winds
Sat 16 Nov, 2019 7:42 am
Still snowing at Cradle Mountain.
Évident on today’s webcamhttps://parks.tas.gov.au/explore-our-pa ... e-mountain
Sat 16 Nov, 2019 2:09 pm
Just come down off Mt Read and dumping snow above 1000m and about a 80kmh westerly.
Tue 03 Dec, 2019 6:31 pm
Currently in NSW at 30°
Noticed it’s sstill snowing down at Cradle.
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