Just weeks after the Hunter experienced soaring temperatures, a cold snap is heading for the region that is likely to see snow falls in the Barrington Tops.
The Bureau of Meteorology says the sudden change is a result of a cold front moving across Western New South Wales today.
Scattered snow showers are forecast about the Upper Hunter for areas above 1000 metres tomorrow.
The Bureau's John James says Hunter residents will likely feel the chill from this afternoon.
"Reaching the ranges on Thursday night and then pushing across towards the coast very early on Friday morning," he said.
"Although it's extremely cold, the system is moving through rapidly and we expect it to sort of start clearing through by the weekend."
The cool change is expected to be one of the last reminders of winter, before the warmer summer weather sets in.
Overnight temperatures for Friday are expected to fall to between zero and five degrees.
Mr James says while the change is sudden, it is not too unusual.
"Well it's normally the process where you get a couple of very hot days and then a couple of cooler days to try and average things out," he said.
"After the next few weeks we should start trending more towards the more frequent, hotter days."
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14:22 EDT Autumn has begun in a warm and thundery way across much of New South Wales and it looks like lasting into the weekend.