A ROAD weather alert for the Derwent Valley remains in place and police continue to warn motorists to drive with extreme caution on elevated roads as a wintry blast persists across Tasmania.
In an alert issued at 9.57 tonight (Wednesday), the Bureau of Meteorology advises that icy and snow-covered roads will make driving conditions dangerous during Wednesday night and Thursday morning in parts of the Upper Derwent Valley, North West Coast, Central North, North East, Western, Central Plateau, Midlands, East Coast and South East forecast districts.
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At 10.03 tonight (Wednesday), Tasmania Police renewed its advice about driving on elevated roads which have the potential to be affected by the current weather conditions including snow, ice, rain and damaging winds.
The following local roads are CLOSED as of 10pm Wednesday:
Clifton Vale Rd to Cockatoo Gully Rd, Elderslie.
Dennistoun Rd, Bothwell (entire road).
Gordon River Rd – West of Maydena.
Interlaken Rd, Oatlands through to Highland Lakes Rd.
Marlborough Rd, Miena to Lyell Hwy.
Lake Dobson Rd.
Old Man’s Head Rd, Interlaken.
The following local roads are only open to 4WD vehicles as of 10pm Wednesday:
Highland Lakes Rd- Riversdale Rd (Liffey Falls) to Waddamana Rd turn off (extreme caution).
Lyell Hwy, Tarraleah
Molesworth Rd from Lyell Hwy to Glenlusk.
The following local road is open as at 10pm Wednesday but motorists should use EXTREME CAUTION:
Gordon River Rd between Westerway and Maydena.
Police, Fire and Emergency Management minister Mark Shelton today thanked the state’s emergency service workers, volunteers and road-clearing contractors who had worked for many hours in freezing conditions to help keep Tasmanians safe in the last several days.
“This includes assisting more than 40 vehicles stranded in hazardous conditions at Spring Hill and 10 vehicles at Bust Me Gall on the Tasman Hwy,” Mr Shelton said. “With many roads still closed across the state due to snow and hazardous conditions this morning, motorists are being urged to: Slow down and drive to the conditions; Be alert for ice, trees and debris on the roads; Obey road closures signs; Put headlights on if visibility is reduced; and Leave plenty of space between you and the vehicle in front of you,” he said.