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Hands up who loves heavy spring snowfalls?

Anthony Sharwood, Tuesday September 21, 2021 - 11:50 EST

Heavy snow has fallen overnight in the Victorian High Country and Snowy Mountains of New South Wales, with lighter falls at much lower elevations.

The strong likelihood on Friday was that a significant spring cold front would deliver a decent late-season dump to the snowfields from late in the weekend lasting into the new week. And so it proved, with 15 to 20 cm of snow overnight at major resorts, on top of similar amounts yesterday, delivering a storm total of around 30 cm.

But as we told you yesterday, this particular weather system was always also likely to produce snow in areas beyond the mountains. This snowman, captured not too far from Marysville in Victoria (elevation 430m), is testament to that.

Image: Is it just us, or are the leaf buttons love-heart shaped? Anyway we're pretty sure this snowman was loving its brief life. Source: @keppelcafemarysville via Instagram.

Snow also fell in southern NSW at levels well below the mountains. This was the scene at one Weatherzone reader's place in Delegate, a small village at an elevation of 750m near the larger town of Bombala, just north of the Victorian border.

Image: Snowing means no mowing! Source: Supplied.

But the heaviest snowfalls, as mentioned, were up at the ski resorts, and some of the images out of the snowfields today were pretty mouth-watering if you're the sort of person who enjoys a snowy slide.

As ever, the trusty table-o-meter at Mt Hotham tells the story. Hotham was claiming 13 cm overnight.

Image: Snow on the menu for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Source: @hothamalpineresort via Instagram.

The focus with this system now turns to northern NSW, where the coldest air is now heading. Snow could fall on the Northern Tablelands this afternoon, and we'll keep you posted.

AFTERNOON UPDATE: It is indeed snowing, and quite heavily, in Guyra. The NSW Northern Tablelands town of arund 2000 residents is one of Australia's highest townships, situated at 1330m above sea level.

A few flakes have also been reported south of Guyra in the large regional city of Armidale, as well as in other parts of the New England region.

Meanwhile, the alpine resorts remain open to visitors from parts of regional NSW and Victoria. For snow-obsessed city slickers like this reporter, these enticing spring snow pics are pretty tough to swallow, so if you're in that boat too, we're with you.

And of course, check out the Weatherzone snow page for all the latest info about today's snowfalls and more.

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