Snowy Oberon proves a hot destination on a freezing weekend

WHITE OUT: The white and fluffy snow was perfect for the many snowmen around the town. Tara Love posted this picture of her daughter with a giant snowman.

WHITE OUT: The white and fluffy snow was perfect for the many snowmen around the town. Tara Love posted this picture of her daughter with a giant snowman.

THE arctic blast that passed through NSW last weekend certainly didn't miss Oberon.

Snow started falling in the early hours of Saturday morning and snow showers continued until late Sunday afternoon.

All roads leading in and out of Oberon were closed by mid-morning on Saturday, but that did not stop snow chasers arriving in town to see the huge dump of white.

Oberon's main street eateries were kept busy as the stampede of visitors looked for food and coffee.

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Oberon Council's tourism and economic development manager Mathew Webb said accommodation was in high demand.

"Those checking out on Saturday morning couldn't leave town and those who were booked for the weekend couldn't get in. A lot of visitors had to sit it out and enjoy the experience," he said.

"We were kept busy finding accommodation for tourists and the phone was running hot."

Mr Webb said they were very busy even on Monday morning with Sydney folk inquiring about the snowfall.

"Even the foot traffic through the Visitor Information Centre was unusual for a Monday out of the school holiday times," he said.

"Monday was a spectacular day to drive around the district as there was still lots of snow about and the skies were crystal clear. I'm sure most businesses in Oberon would have had a big weekend."

Saturday ranged from -2.9 degrees Celsius to a maximum of just 2.6. Sunday's minimum was -3.8. The average daytime temperature for August is 10.4 degrees and both Saturday and Sunday fell well below that mark.

Oberon Council staff were kept busy inspecting and clearing roads over the weekend.

General manager Gary Wallace said they knew what was coming so there was a strategic plan in place with plant equipment in position ready to go.

"Our plan was to provide assistance as early as possible," he said.

"Some jobs were delayed because staff safety is paramount. I appreciate and commend all staff that were on call. They've done a fantastic job in freezing conditions."