THE region is set for an early taste of winter with chilly temperatures predicted for the weekend.
Thursday ushered in the beginning of the cold front, bringing welcome rainfall to many parts of the region.
The Australian Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) weather station recorded 8.8mm of the wet stuff at Tamworth Airport by Thursday afternoon.
Weatherzone is predicting the showers will clear up by Friday, but the cold temperatures will remain.
Morning frosts are being predicted for the Northern Tablelands, while Tamworth may also be in line for a cold start to the morning with an overnight low of three degrees predicted.
The chilly nights are set to continue over the weekend with overnight lows of two degrees expected on Saturday and Sunday.
Sunday is expected to be Tamworth's next best chance of rain, as Weatherzone is predicting a 60 per cent chance of 1mm to 5mm.
The cold weather had lifted the hopes of some locals that there may be snow fall in areas such as Nundle.
However, Tamworth Regional Weather's Dave Farrenden said while this weekend would be cold, snow was unlikely.
"There was snow showing up early in the forecast," Mr Farrenden told the Leader.
"However, the cold pool of air looks to move out of the region before moisture comes back by Sunday.
"It is going to be cold once this front passes with widespread frosts a high chance for the slopes and ranges on Friday, Saturday and Sunday."