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Heavy snow blankets Jenolan Caves in western NSW as rain sets in for Sydney - The Sydney Morning Her

by Georgina Mitchell | August 3, 2016

New South Wales has been reminded that winter is here to stay, with snow and flooding hitting the state's west, closing roads and leaving several dozen people stranded.

Heavy snow blanketed the Jenolan Caves in the central west on Tuesday evening, forcing roads to be closed and leaving sightseers waiting with emergency services.

The State Emergency Service (SES) and NSW Police started receiving calls from motorists about 6pm, with 80 people – including those in tourist buses, public transport and cars – becoming stuck in the snow.

Eventually, SES volunteers from three nearby units attached chains to their trucks and four-wheel drives and managed to tow the stranded vehicles to safety.

Phil Campbell, a NSW SES spokesman, said everyone was rescued about 10.30pm.

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