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Snow photos: Big falls across the tablelands


Parts of NSW's inland woke to good falls of snow and rain this morning, as an unsettled cold change makes its way across the state.


Solid falls of snow have been recorded across several tablelands areas of NSW overnight and into Thursday, with varied falls of rain across other parts of the state.

Bureau of Meteorology meteorologist Hugh McDowell, Sydney, said snow falls had been reported in the Central Tablelands to as low as 600 metres and in the Northern Tablelands to 500m, but falls in the north of state appeared to be lighter.

Inverell and Coonabarabran had received light dustings, as had Bathurst.

Orange, meanwhile, recorded significant snow falls overnight, the region waking to a white countryside, with light falls continuing until about 10.30am.

Snow depth reached 11cm in parts (as measured by Central Western Daily staff), with locals saying it's one of the most significant falls in the township of Orange in the past 40 years.

Mr McDowell said Orange did receive falls of note in 2019 and 2015, but the bureau lacked sufficent records on depth to properly compare. He did say the area had recorded 10mm of rain in the 24 hours to 9am Thursday, which equates to about 10cm of snow.

Similarly, Perisher had recorded 62mm of rain and a 50cm snow depth in the same 24hrs.

In other areas, some significant falls of rain were recorded but it was a bit hit and miss across the state.

Keeva near Murrundi had 50mm, Dubbo 41.6mm, Mudgee 33mm, Bombala 38mm, Coonabarabran 36mm, Narrabri 10mm, Gunnedah 9.4mm, Tamworth 19mm, Bega 29.4mm and Albury 26mm, Ivanhoe 16mm, Finley 22mm, Conargo 25mm and Hillston 20mm, all in the 24hrs to 9am.

Areas in between also missed out, such as Moree 0mm, Nowra 0mm, Wagga Wagga 2.2mm and Goulburn at 5mm.

Mr McDowell said areas such as the Central Tablelands, North West Slopes and Plains, Northern Tablelands and the South Coast could continue to receive more showers as the system moves east, including a slight chance of more snow in the Central Tablelands into tonight.

However, most snow was expected to fall 1000m or higher, which meant more falls in the Snowy Mountains as the changed moved through.

There were very good falls on the Monaro where up to 300mm was measured and that was the best snow seen for some years.

Around Crookwell, little fell and what did soon melted while at Oberon, a thin scattering of snow was seen in most areas.

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