Eastern Australia Gets Surprise Snow Fall

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By Esther Tanquintic-Misa | October 12, 2012 6:22 PM EST

While Australians were expecting spring, what they got instead was snow downpour.

Overnight snow fall was seen in the areas surrounding Blue Mountains and Southern Highlands in NSW. Canberra likewise took in some 10 centimetres of snow as cold weather hit the region, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) reported.

Australia's Bureau of Meteorology said the snow downpour resulted from a very cold air mass that has progressed across NSW.

But the bureau assuaged concerns the irregular weather phenomenon would last that it should be.

"We do get this late season snow but it doesn't happen very often," meteorologist Julie Evans was quoted as saying by the Herald Sun.

"The last time was in 2008 when we saw snow in the Snowy Mountains and central tablelands in November."

Sarah Reeves, Granite Belt Wine and Tourism Marketing Manager, meanwhile, took the weather occurrence positively.

"It certainly changes our Primavera marketing plans for the next few days, but there is always an element of excitement when snow hits town - even if it is in the middle of spring!" Ms Reeves told Warwick Daily News.

"I hope that all visitors coming for the Vintage and collectibles fair, Robert Channon's Brass and Wine, lunch on the Green at Varias or Gardenfest remember to pack some winter woollies.  It seems Brass Monkey season has returned," she said.

Snow has been reported in various sites, including the Granite Belt Dairy in Thulimbah north of Stanthorpe, just east of Stanthorpe on Mt. Tully Rd as well as at numerous locations in Eukey south east of Stanthorpe.

Snow is also expected on the Barrington Tops overnight on Friday. A storm-force wind warning south of Port Stephens, as well as a gale-force wind warning from Port Stephens north to Coffs Harbour has likewise been alerted.

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