Wiley Cochrane hails his impromptu snowman.
Wiley Cochrane hails his impromptu snowman. Wiley Cochrane

Winter wonderland for Wiley

AT first Wiley Cochrane thought the white stuff on the side of the Pacific Hwy between Mullaway and Bark Hut on Sunday afternoon was soap suds.

It was only when he got out of his car that he realised it was in fact millions of pea-sized balls of hail.

They were dumped by a storm which swept up the coast on Sunday afternoon, stopping traffic at Hungry Head and on the Orara Way.

“I was driving from Arrawarra to Emerald Beach and couldn’t believe how much hail actually fell,” said Wiley, a local tradesman.

“When I realised what the winter wonderland was I just had to get out and build a snowman. It wasn’t huge but it was fun to make, and particularly given how warm and beautiful it was on Sunday morning.”

While the stormfront caused widespread power outages across the Macleay Valley, there were no reports of damage on the Coffs Coast.



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