The city’s snow bunnies have their fingers crossed the typically unreliable long-range weather forecasts are accurate, with snow predicted for Mount Canobolas on the weekend.
The Bureau of Meteorology’s MetEye website shows areas of snow falling on Saturday at Orange’s highest point, as well as in areas around Oberon, Jenolan Caves and Yetholme
At this stage the snow is forecast to start falling around lunchtime, with the forecast area for snowfall growing throughout the afternoon.
By 10pm the snow is predicted to cover a wide area of the Central West.
The MetEye’s weather forecast will be updated throughout the week.
Meanwhile, while there was some much-needed rain in gauges over the weekend, Orange is still on track for one of its driest Junes in more than two decades.
According to weatherzone.com.au, which takes its readings at Orange Regional Airport, there was 13 millimetres of rain in the 24 hours leading to 9am on Saturday.
There was a further two millimetres recoreded in the following 24-hour stretch.
So far in June Orange has had 17.2 millimetres of rain, and is tracking to be well down on the month’s 20-year precipitation average of 87.9 millimetres.
The driest June in that period – 2011 – saw just 26.6 millimetres of rain.