People in Orange in NSW’s central tablelands have woken up to the whole city blanketed in a decent blanket of white on Thursday morning, after a rare early winter dumping of snow turned the place into a real winter wonderland.

The polar vortex blast that’s hanging out over Australia after coming across from Antarctica has resulted in pockets of NSW being caked in fresh powder quite early in the season, with Orange locals being greeted with a particularly heavy dump on Wednesday night.

Snow began to fall around Orange and other smaller towns in the area on Wednesday, with towns reportedly experiencing the coldest June day in approximately 20 years.

Photos and videos from around the city show the place in a near total white-out, with everything coated in a very decent layer. It’s believed around 15cm of snow fell overnight, with snow apparently still falling this morning.

If this isn’t a genuine snow day, then I don’t know what is.

Photos of very healthy-looking snowmen have been popping up online as well (the second best part about a snow day outside of hitting someone in the back of the heads with a snowball), and people have been crafty with decorating their icy mates.

This is a snow event in Australia, so it’s entirely acceptable to build a snowman and give him cricket bats for arms, or speed dealers instead of eyes.

That big cold blast is now headed over to Sydney, which is expected to shiver through its coldest day in about 25 years with the eastern suburbs predicted to only reach about 11ºC today.

Over at Perisher and the Snowy Mountains (you know, where snow is usually expected to dump like this) it’s reported around 60cm of fresh powder fell overnight, truly kicking off the season up on the alpine ranges.

Crack out those winter woolies, mates, we’re absolutely on here.

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