BREAKING NEWS: Orange airport open after snow causes morning closure

NOT THIS MORNING: Flights into and out of Orange Airport have been cancelled this morning.

NOT THIS MORNING: Flights into and out of Orange Airport have been cancelled this morning.

Update 12.18pm: The Orange airport is open after it was closed this morning due to ice and snow on the tarmac. 

Passengers should contact Regional Express for flight information.

Update 8.26am: The airport will remain closed until midday.

Passengers are urged to call Regional Express for information about flights. 

The decision to close the airport was made because of snow and ice on the tarmac. 

The decision will be reviewed at 11.30am. 

7.15am: ORANGE airport is closed due to snow and ice on the tarmac. 

There will be no flights in or out of Orange until the situation is resolved.

 Orange City Council spokesperson Allan Reeder said the decision would be reviewed at 8am . 

Until then, residents are advised to steer clear of the area.

The Central Western Daily understands one car has come off the road in the area so far. 

Great Western Highway closed east of Bathurst

THE Great Western Highway has been blocked in both directions between Bathurst and Lithgow due to heavy snow falls and black ice.

For safety reasons emergency services has closed the highway.

There is no local diversion available.

There is no forecast available as to when the highway will reopen.

As a result of these conditions several accident are also impacting other parts of the Great Western Highway in the Blue Mountains region.

Blackheath - highway blocked both directions due to truck accident. 

Katoomba - three vehicle eastbound accident. 

Motorists are being urged to postpone travel, but if you need to travel in these adverse conditions use extreme care and caution.

Police reduce speed limits near Lucknow

ORANGE Police are urging drivers to use extreme caution around all Orange roads. 

Police are attempting to reduce the speed limit to 50km/h from Dairy Creek Road, through Lucknow and to the Millthorpe turn-off. 

Inspector Peter Atkins warned drivers who would use Cadia Road and Forest Road to drive to the conditions.

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