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New South Wales weather: Snow traps drivers, low pressure system hits coast

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Dozens of people have been rescued after becoming trapped in their vehicles by heavy snow west of the Blue Mountains in New South Wales.

Emergency services were called to Jenolan

Caves Road after reports about 80 people were stuck about 6:00pm on Tuesday.

It took emergency services several hours to tow the cars and tourist buses out of the snow and free people trapped inside.

NSW State Emergency Services (SES) spokesman Phil Campbell said people should take care when driving in the area.

"We are asking people who are driving in the area around Oberon to drive with care and to avoid any unnecessary travel," he said.

No injuries were reported among the dozens of people rescued.

SES central west controller Craig Ronan said everyone was safe.

"The roads became open again and people were taken to safety in a nice warm location and everyone was fine at the end of the day," he said.

"It would have been an experience for some people, I suspect, if they haven't seen snow before, but everything worked out in the end."

Meanwhile the SES is warning people to prepare for wild weather, with a low developing off the state's north coast.

The Bureau of Meteorology has issued a severe weather warning for the mid-north coast and northern rivers.

The low pressure system is expected to move slowly northwards throughout the day before moving east over the Tasman Sea on Thursday.

"Damaging winds averaging 60 to 70 km/h with peak gusts in excess of 90km/h are likely about higher parts of the Hunter and coastal fringe of the mid north coast and northern rivers today, extending to eastern parts of the northern tablelands this afternoon and evening," a BoM statement said.

Residents should prepare for deluge: SES

Heavy rain has lashed the mid-north coast, with some areas receiving over 100 millimetres over a 24-hour period and the Bureau of Meteorology warning flash flooding is also likely.

Mooral Creek and Mt Seaview on the mid-north coast has already received 122 millimetres and 103 millimetres of rain respectively, in the 24-hours to 10:35am.

Mr Campbell said crews had been notifying local property owners north of the Hunter to prepare for the heavy rain.

"We're just asking folk there to lift pumps and relocate livestock and equipment to higher ground," he said.

"If they think they may be isolated ... stock up on food, fuel, medicine and other essentials."

In June, wild weather lashed coastal NSW, damaging homes.

Mr Campbell said the SES performed more than 300 flood rescues during that weather event.

He said the SES wanted to remind people not to drive through floodwaters.

"It's really important that people get that simple message about not driving through floodwater, taking a longer but safer way home."

Coastal erosion worries, predicted record high tides

The BoM has predicted sea flooding over low lying areas could see the mid-north coast see its highest tide of the year tonight about 9:00pm.

Surf Life Saving NSW spokeswoman Donna Wishart warned people to be cautious near the coast.

"We're expecting some fairly significant surf conditions and bad weather conditions from the mid-north coast up to the far north coast," she said.

"There [are] some record high tides predicted to coincide with some fairly powerful southerly swell surf coming through, which will impact beaches [and] could result in some coastal erosion.

The wild weather on the mid-north coast caused problems for fire crews battling a blaze near Coffs Harbour overnight.

A Rural Fire Service spokesman said a house and shed was destroyed in the fire.

The inclement weather made it difficult for crews to get trucks close to the house and police were called to help transport portable pumps to the fire.

No-one was home at the time.