Memories of a white winter on the Southern Downs
IT WAS an event 30 years in the making, a day that Southern Downs residents will remember for generations.
When the first snowflakes began to fall in the very early hours of the morning on July 17, few people knew just what was about to unfold.
By 3am, the Granite Belt, the highlands of Killarney and even Cunningham's Gap, were blanketed in several centimetres of snow.
It was a day when parents pulled their kids out of school to make snowmen, a day when Jumpers and Jazz visitors ducked down to Stanthorpe for a once-in-a-generation event.
Reporters from the Daily News and Border Post joined readers in braving the sub-zero temperatures to marvel at what would become white gold for the Granite Belt's tourism trade.
Readers took to social media, sharing thousands of images of the spectacular scenes unfolding in front of them.
Former Daily News editor Gavin Northey described the mood among readers on that very cool day.
"Stanthorpe did not let anyone down and produced a white display that would have thrilled any snow searcher," he said.
"Everywhere you went the conversation centred on where the snow fell, how much fell, who managed to see it and how special it was.
"There's something about it that brings out the child in us all ... sending mums, dads, the kids, and grandparents scurrying outside to share the wonder."
While the bulk of the snow didn't last more than a few hours, it etched a lifetime of memories on the minds of all those who experienced it.