UP and AT IT: Friday, July 18

Photo taken during the snowfall at Hanging Rock last week by Jeremy Dryden.

Photo taken during the snowfall at Hanging Rock last week by Jeremy Dryden.

9AM:  And that wraps up our brekkie blog for this morning folks - check back in with us during the day for the latest news.

8.50am: 

8.40am: 

A PENCHANT for antiques has seen former Tamworth man Jim McGovern uncover possible strings of fortune.

Mr McGovern bought a Gasparo da Salò Brescia violin from his friend and fellow antique collector Fernando De Costa about 12 years ago for $2000. It could be worth between $1 million to $20 million or $30 million, he claimed.

8.30am:  And if you want proof of snow in Guyra, here it is!

8.20am: 

8.10am: LOCAL gun owners are being urged to consider storing their firearms at home in the wake of another stealing.

Four firearms were stolen after thieves struck a property on Betts Ln at Moonbi between Saturday and Wednesday morning.

7.55am: 

7.45am: A family of five lived in the home which was badly damaged by fire in Gunnedah yesterday.

7.35am: Back home- 

LOCAL environmentalists have accused New England MP Barnaby Joyce of “selling out our future” and scotched claims the repeal of the carbon tax would save households hundreds of dollars each year.

7.25am: There are fears more than 20 Australians were on board the fatal flight as it emerges the plane could have been shot down.

7.15am: Early reports are snow has started to settle on the ground in Guyra this morning - with snow expected to fall in areas with 800m elevation across the region today.

Here's a map of predicted snowfall, are you in the area? Send your pics to hsheridan@fairfaxmedia.com.au.

7.05am: 

 A Malaysia Airlines plane en route from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur has crashed in separatist-controlled eastern Ukraine.

Bodies and burning wreckage were scattered over the countryside near Donetsk. On board the flight were 280 passengers and 15 crew. There are no known survivors.

7AM: 

6.45am: We'll be bringing you as much information as we can from the state's New England and North West over the next couple of hours.

We can always do with your help. If there's something happening in your part of the world - between Tamworth, Moree, Inverell, Armidale, Walcha, Guyra, Tenterfield, Glen Innes and Gunnedah - then feel free to share. Email Haley at hsheridan@fairfaxmedia.com.au  or let us know on Twitter -  @fairfaxNSWNW

WEATHER:

The North West Slopes and Plains forecast from the Bureau of Meteorology: Isolated showers on the southern slopes in the morning, falling as snow above 900 metres. Mostly sunny afternoon. Winds westerly 15 to 25 km/h turning south to southwesterly 25 to 35 km/h during the day. Overnight temperatures falling to between 1 and 5 with daytime temperatures reaching between 10 and 15.

The Northern Tablelands forecast from the Bureau of Meteorology:The chance of showers in the south in the morning, falling as snow above 1000 metres. Sunny afternoon. Winds west to southwesterly 25 to 40 km/h increasing to 50 km/h before tending south to southwesterly 25 to 35 km/h in the afternoon. Overnight temperatures falling to between minus 1 and 7 above zero with daytime temperatures reaching between 6 and 15.

Check your weather here: Tamworth - Armidale - Moree - Inverell - Gunnedah - Guyra - Walcha - Tenterfield - Glen Innes

ANNIVERSARIES:

1914 – The first airmail delivery from Melbourne to Sydney is achieved.

1984 – The National Crime Authority is established.

BIRTHDAYS: 

Richard Branson (1950), Vin Diesel(1967), Kristen Bell(1980)

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