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Record cold temperatures bring snowfall
October 22, 2008, 9:23 am
Record cold temperatures have brought snow to the Blue Mountains and southern tablelands in NSW and wet and windy weather to the state's coast.
Temperatures dipped to three degrees celsius near Blackheath, west of Sydney, early on Wednesday morning but wind gusts brought the mercury down further to minus two degrees and pockets of snow fell in Leura and west of Katoomba at Oberon.
The Bureau of Metrology (BoM) said snow was also reported in the southern tablelands at Cooma and in Bombala, near the Victorian border.
An unseasonal cold front from the southeast extends to just beyond the ranges and is moving north.
Thunderstorms and wind gusts of up to 70km/h have brought rain to the eastern part of the state and abnormally cold conditions to most of NSW.
BoM forecaster Jane Golding said average temperatures in the Blue Mountains for October ranged from seven to 18 degrees.
In Sydney on Wednesday, the temperature is forecast to be 15 degrees, an October temperature which has only been seen twice in the past 14 years, Ms Golding told AAP.
Average maximum temperatures for Sydney in October are around 22 degrees.
The rains should ease during the day and turn to showers, but windy conditions will continue until Thursday, when temperatures will rise to 18 degrees around Sydney.