Let me elaborate the question by using 2D Ising model without external magnetic field. When we lower the temperature and pass $T_c$ a little bit, the theory of spontaneous symmetry breaking tells us that the system will settle in one of the two degenerate ground states with non-zero magnetization.
My question is why cannot the system be in a superposition of the two states and thus the average magnetization still remains zero. People may say that at low $T$ the system does not have enough energy to tunnel through the barrier in the middle of the double-well free energy landscape. Well, this might be true for relatively high barrier, but when $T\rightarrow T_c^-$ the barrier can have a height that's close to 0, in which case the superposition of states seems to be possible and the average magnetization should be zero if that is so, which in turn contradicts the results from symmetry breaking.
Is it because the system is supposed to be coupled with a heat bath such that quantum decoherence destroys the superposition? But What about spontaneous symmetry breaking in quantum phase transitions?