'It’s a snowy wonderland': Aussie region hit with 'unusual' autumn dumping

Tom Flanagan
News Reporter

Several communities in the Blue Mountains woke to a “snowy wonderland” as up to 10cm of autumn snow fell overnight.

Excited residents west of Sydney took to social media on Friday morning to share images of gardens blanketed in white.

“Woke up to snow! The first magic fall of the season,” one Twitter user declared.

“it’s a snowy wonderland in Blackheath,” another said.

Weatherzone meteorologist Joel Pippard told Yahoo News Australia while areas such as Blackheath and Katoomba got a “light dusting”, the snow in more elevated regions nearby received an unusually high amount of snow for this time of year in comparison to other regions.

“Areas such as Oberon and Shooters Hill had about 10cm,” he revealed.

“What was unusual was that was a lot more than the Snowy Mountains got.”

Dashcam shows Blackheath covered in snow overnight. Source: Blackheath Weather

Mr Pippard said this was due to the cold air being closer to the Blue Mountains which linked up with tropical moisture from Queensland.

NSW had been bracing itself for a cold front heading north on Thursday which brought heavy rain to large parts of Sydney on Thursday evening, continuing throughout the night and into the morning.

Sydney’s CBD had recorded 21.4mm by 8.30am.

The Bureau of Meteorology said on Friday those rains had eased off as the coastal low shifted offshore.

However there was still a warning for vigorous winds and waves expected for parts of the NSW coast, which is expected to last into the weekend.

Last June 5cm of snow in Katoomba caused traffic chaos as the Great Western Highway was closed.

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