You guessed right, it was cold enough to snow
OVER the course of less than a week, Coffs Coast residents have sweltered in the heat, been blown off their feet by galeforce winds, and been showered by falling trees and branches from raging storms. Then yesterday came the cold.
Coffs Harbour residents shivered in their summer clothes brought out after recent hot days, but they had nothing against Dorrigo and Ebor residents who were treated to sleet and snow.
"Wednesday it was that windy it nearly blew you off the planet, and today we've had about four hours of snow all up," Ebor Hilltop Roadhouse manager Bud Tyler said.
Ebor Public School administration manager Karin Wood said this was only the second time she had seen snow in November in the past 20 years.
At Hernani Public School, students made the most of the occasion, according to principal Dafydd Thomas.
"The children relished the opportunity to play in the snow," he said.
"After the hot drying weather on Sunday, which is usual for this time of year, this was a real surprise for everyone."
Coffs Harbour reached a top of 17.7 degrees at 1.20pm, cooling to 12.2 degrees by 4pm, compared to 32 degrees the day before.
Dorrigo reached a maximum of 12 degrees, less than half the 25 degrees reached on Wednesday.
Coffs Harbour Bureau of Meteorology duty observer Roger Brown said the conditions were brought on by a strong high pressure system in the Great Australian Bight combined with a very deep trough in the Tasman sea.
"That trough has passed us now, but it doesn't get much lower unless there is a cyclone about," Mr Brown said.
"That combination has produced a stream of cold air coming up the east coast, but it is unseasonal."
Mr Brown said the hot weather preceding the cold snap was not unusual, with the front bringing hot air from northern and central Australia, before doing a near-180 degree turn to come from the coldest source.
The good news is the cold is on its way out, with 21 degrees predicted in Coffs Harbour today.