POLICE have pleaded with Sydneysiders to adhere to lockdown orders and not travel to the region in anticipation of seeing this weekend's predicted snowfalls.
A massive police operation planned for the Chifley region over the weekend will target anyone breaching the state's Public Health Orders.
With snow forecast this weekend, police fear people from Sydney or other areas of lockdown may drive up in an attempt to see the snow.
Historically snowfalls in the region bring a flux of visitors to the area.
Acting Inspector Darryl Goodwin sent a stern warning to anyone considering flouting the rules, do so and you will be caught.
He said police are planning a major operation based in Lithgow focusing on two things; Covid compliance and keeping the roads accident free in the predicted alpine conditions.
Inspector Goodwin said police are concerned people may try and come over the mountains into the area.
"Particularly when snow falls Sydneysiders come over the mountains, so we will be launching a 24/7 operation using high visibility policing to stop this."
He said people can expect to see complete saturation of highway patrol on all highways and backroads and sent a stern message to those in lockdown areas.
"Don't even think about it."
"If you come up from Sydney you are definitely going to get a ticket. Police will be enforcing the Public Health Order and the message is not to come.
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"If you come from lockdown you're going to get caught. Not only will you be issued with a ticket but everyone in the car will be as well."
Inspector Goodwin said the operation is not just about Covid compliance, it's also managing traffic in a snow event.
He pleaded with drivers to slow down and drive to conditions and said if you don't need to be out driving stay off snow affected roads.
"And of course always be guided by the traffic alerts which are updated by the RMS." he said.
Mayor of Oberon Kathy Sajowitz pleaded with people to be responsible.
She said it was a concern that people may flout the rules to come and look at the snow.
"Though I think this time around people are acting far more responsibly than in the last lockdown.
"And I'm very confident in the local police, they are so visible and active and really out and about.
"But of course it is a worry for us, and we really ask everyone in Sydney to do the right thing and stay home.
"Please be responsible and think about the community."
She also said it won't be the last time it snows in Oberon.
"I promise you there will be more snow in Oberon."
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