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Polar blast brings icy temperatures and snow to regional NSW

A polar blast has sent temperatures across NSW plunging and delivered snow to parts of the state.

The frosty conditions are expected to continue over the coming days with some areas to be more than 10 degrees below average and snowfall expected near the Queensland border.

Snow is expected to fall across NSW’s alpine region on Wednesday and Thursday.

Snow is expected to fall across NSW’s alpine region on Wednesday and Thursday. Credit:Alex Ellinghausen

On Wednesday morning, snow began to fall in regional NSW locations including Orange, in the state’s Central West, and Oberon, in the Central Tablelands, while the ski fields had received more than 10cm of snow since 3pm Tuesday.

The Carrington Hotel in Katoomba, in the Blue Mountains, captured flurries landing on Wednesday while snow was also reported near Victoria Falls.

Weatherzone meteorologist Esteban Abellan said a pool of cold air was lingering across the state after a cold front crossed on Tuesday.

“That is going to bring snow to low levels between this afternoon and tomorrow,” he said on Wednesday.

Orange is expecting 2 to 3 centimetres of snow while Glen Innes, in the Northern Tablelands, could receive between 8 and 10 centimetres of snow on Thursday. Snow could also fall in locations including Oberon, Barrington Tops, the Blue Mountains, Guyra and Armidale.

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