WET WEATHER brought two things to smile about to the Tamworth region at the weekend - rain and snow.
Rainfall in the Chaffey Dam and Lake Keepit catchments during a wet couple of days has brought welcome inflows to both water supplies.
Chaffey Dam had reached 23.1 per cent capacity on Monday morning, according to WaterNSW data. It had risen almost half a per cent since the rain started falling late last week.
About 350ML of water - or 140 swimming pools' worth - flowed into the dam from the Peel River between Friday and Monday.
The state water authority has been releasing 3ML of the precious resource every day from the dam for environmental flows, since the supply surged past the trigger point of 20 per cent two weeks ago.
The Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) station at the head of the Peel River, near Nundle, recorded 28mm of rain across the weekend. Tamworth airport's gauge notched 20.4mm for the same period.
Lake Keepit got some decent flows and the water supply has risen to its highest level in two and a half years.
Lake Keepit surged to 20.5 per cent full on Monday, a milestone last reached in February 2018.
About 2200ML of water flowed into the supply between Friday and Monday, according to data from WaterNSW.
After spending all of last year hovering at 1 per cent or less, the lake has been boosted dramatically over the past few months thanks to a wet first half of the year.
The BoM has predicted a brief reprieve in rainy weather for Tamworth, but showers are forecast to return at the end of the week.
Snow fell during freezing cold weather on Sunday and Monday, with dustings of the white stuff reported near Walcha, Hanging Rock, Guyra, Mount Kaputar and Barrington Tops.