SNOW TIME: Winter came, snowmen built, pics shared
CROWDS of Northern Rivers residents have flocked to the hills as large parts of the Northern Tablelands were blanketed in snow at the weekend.
If you missed yesterday's snowfall, you get one more chance today, with the Bureau of Meteorology forecasting snow to a height of 800m on the Tablelands today.
After that, it's all over. The Tablelands forecast for Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday is merely for cold and wet, while down on the Northern Rivers the weather system being described by other media as a "cold vortex" will leave us sunny but intensely cold.
Overnight temperatures for Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday on the Northern Rivers are forecast to get as low as 2C. Daytime temperatures aren't expected to get past 20C and could well remain lower. Today's tops range between 16C at Byron Bay and 18C at Grafton.
Tenterfield chook farmer Kelvin Waugh has seen it all before, but the snow was still something special.
"There was a little bit of snow up there, it looked quite pretty," local egg farmer Kelvin Waugh said.
Mount Mackenzie is just a few kilometres out of Tenterfield and Mr Waugh can see it from his farm.
There was a "tranquil" feeling on the mountain, and sown from about 70 meters from the peak, he said.
People started driving past his property at about 3am and when he made a car count around 11am, there were 8-12 cars heading up the mountain every minute he said. He figured at least 500 hundred cars had made the journey.
Some Northern Rivers residents managed round trips of up to 700km as they toured the snowfields.
"It was amazing well worth the drive, commented Cheryl Romilio on The Northern Star's Facebook page.
Anna Rose Moloney said the weekend's fall meant she got to see snow for the first time.
"My kids and I loved it," she said.
Simone Louise did the full tour.
"Went to Tenterfield, Glenn Innes, Ben Lomond, Guyra - snow snow everywhere," she posted.
"(I) did 700 kilometres over 12 hours from leaving Lismore this morning till returning around 9 pm," commented John James Maloney.