Winter is forecast to hit with a vengeance as temperatures across the Hunter drop to single digits over the weekend and snow is expected for Barrington Tops.
The Bureau of Meteorology is forecasting partly cloudy and windy conditions on Friday and Saturday with overnight temperatures to fall between four and eight degrees.
A cold front to the southwest of the state will continue moving east with a series of cold fronts to follow over the coming days.
This means overnight temperatures will fall to between two and seven degrees and daytime temperatures will sit between nine and 18 degrees.
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These windy and cold conditions could create the perfect environment for a dusting of snow on Barrington Tops. At this stage it looks like snow could hit on Tuesday, but if rain comes in, snow chasers could be left disappointed.
A marine wind warning is expected to remain in place throughout the weekend for the Hunter’s coastline.
The end of the ice-cold temperatures could come on Monday. A high pressure system is expected to move over the Bight, extending a ridge over the state's west, halting the run of cold front activity over the state.
Think it is cold now? More than 50 years ago parts of Cessnock received some 16 centimetres of snowfall during arguably the Hunter’s harshest winter. Read more about it here.