Snow seekers looked to the heavily-laden clouds, drove up the Mount Canobolas road and spent the day in hope but Orange’s best chance of snow this winter was dashed on Monday.
Light dustings at Oberon and Edith overnight were as close to Orange that snow fell despite the Bureau of Meteorology [BOM] and Weatherzone forecasting flakes possibly down to 800 metres but more likely above 1000 metres.
As a precaution against snow and ice the access roads to the mountain were closed on Monday afternoon.
A spokesman for Cabonne Council said it would ensure motorists were not at risk of an accident or being stranded on the mountain overnight and would re-assess the situation on Tuesday.
Snow watchers hoping for falls in the immediate future are likely to be disappointed.
The BOM is forecasting frosty and sunny days with little rain, and no snow, for the rest of the week.
Tuesday will be frosty and windy – reaching just eight degrees.
Meanwhile Orange’s big winter dry has continued with rainfall way below winter averages.
Orange had only four millimetres of rain in June and 10mm in July – way below the above 80mm average rainfall amounts for both months.
Thanks to good rain on two days last week Orange has had 48mm of rain in August. The average is 86.6mm.