Afternoon storm front brings heavy hail to parts of Thunderbolt's Way and surrounds

A storm front crossing between Inverell and Uralla late this afternoon coated paddocks and roads in at least two falls of heavy hail. 

White patches of hail were still visible at Sandy Creek about an hour after the main storm had passed, it was farther south, just past Bundarra and down to Moss Rose South station, where vast tracts of land were heavily swathed in white.

About 100 metres south of the station’s entrance on Thunderbolt’s Way, one car ran off the road but was hauled out of trouble by a passing four wheel drive. Numerous vehicles stopped to offer assistance but there appears to have been no serious injuries. 

A nearby herd of cattle also appeared shaken by the hail storm, walking in restless lines around an exposed field while thick mist rose from the ice watered ground. 

Hail covered the major back road for about one to two kilometres where it slowly melted to reveal a confetti of shredded tree leaves beneath suggesting there was significant force behind the fall. 

The height of the storm struck the area at around 5pm.