Light snowfall was reported at the pinnacle at Mount Canobolas on Thursday afternoon but was too wet to settle.
The light snow accompanied rainfall across the Orange region that gave residents another good reason to stay indoors.
The drought is not over but dam storage levels are increasing and residents in Orange and surrounding areas have recorded upwards of 30 millimetres on Wednesday and Thursday.
By lunchtime on Thursday residents in north Orange recorded 32 millimetres while those in other parts of town and further out recorded rainfall in the mid-20s in their rain gauges.
However, at Orange Airport, the Bureau of Meteorology recorded 18.2 millimetres by 9am on Thursday, followed by another 1.2 millimetres by 4.30pm.
According to the bureau, the first light rain fell between 4.30pm and 4.52pm on Wednesday with 0.4 millimetres recorded.
VIDEO: Light snow was reported at Mount Canobolas on Thursday...
It followed a light 0.2 millimetres that was recorded on Tuesday.
It brought this months rainfall to a total of 66.4 millimetres so far, and 535 millimetres so far this year.
Comparatively, at the same time last year there was 61.2 millimetres of rain recorded for May and there was an overall monthly total of 76.6 millimetres making it the wettest month of 2019.
Although the most rain was predicted to fall in Orange on Thursday, there are also possible showers for Orange on Friday with temperatures expected to range from 0 to 8 degrees.
It will lead to cloudy days on Saturday, which will range from -1 to 8 degrees, and Sunday, which will range from 2 to 10 degrees.
The bureau predicts partly cloudy days for Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday with lows of 2 degrees and highs of 11 or 12 degrees.
Dam storage levels are yet to be updated but as of May 15, Suma Park Dam was at 22.13 per cent of capacity and Spring Creek Dam was at 36.41 per cent of capacity giving a combined storage of 24.83 per cent.
As well as residents and landholders being pleased with the rain for their farms and gardens, the rain has also benefited the pond at Cook Park.
Due to years of ongoing drought the popular water feature was emptied and cleaned at the start of the year exposing the dragon sculpture created by artist Jenny Shea.
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