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October 14, 2012; 5:04 AM ET
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Snow on the Barbie

Heavy snow falling in the middle of spring blanketed areas near Sydney, Australia.

Storified by Accu Weather · Fri, Oct 12 2012 08:46:00

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"Guyra, NSW."
Photo: Michael Bath
Heavy snow falling in the middle of spring blanketed areas near Sydney, Australia, on Thursday. Snow is not very common in New South Wales this late into the month. Around the end of September and early October, there can still be high-elevation snows but Australia is nearing the end of spring now.

Canberra, New South Wales, reached a high of 54F Thursday, reported by the Canberra Times as the coldest October day since 1968. The AccuWeather files show a high of 52 on Oct. 16, 2010. If you look at average temperature, the average temperature yesterday was 46, tied for the lowest in October this year but not as low as the 44 reached Oct. 1, 2011.
Coldest October day in NSW since 1967 and fresh snow in the blue mountains. Wow, spring. BrrrrrrSharad Mehta
When Australian weather decides now would be a great time to snow in northern NSW. Good one weather you've surprised us once again.Bella Sward
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"Thredbo is covered in snow today... as are other parts of NSW and SA in the coldest October day in 40 years! Daffodils with a snow coat" 
Photo: Thredbo Resort
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"Snow 10cm thick in Guyra, NSW"
Photo: Michael Bath
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Photo: Jane ONeill
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"Near Ben Lomond, NSW NTs."
Photo: James Harris
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"Went home to get the 4WD so I could get higher....by that stage there was about 6cm and they were chasing people off the mountain!! Snowing heavily 9am"
Photo: Jane ONeill
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"Guyra, NSW."
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Snow on the BarbieBrightcove

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