Wild weather sticking around for Tasmania
Craig McIntosh, Sun 15 Apr 2018
A cold front has just brought damaging winds, rain and snow to Tasmania, with another front hot on its trails.
One of the strongest cold fronts so far this year has crossed Tasmania and moved over the Tasman Sea. On its journey over the Apple Isle, it delivered powerful winds, rain and a steep drop in temperatures leading to highland snow.
The strongest winds were felt at exposed coastal and elevated locations, Cape Grim recorded a 102km/h gust and Mt Wellington a touch stronger at 109km/h. Hobart hasn't escaped the blustery conditions, recording an 82km/h gust just after midday Sunday.
Most of the rain with the front fell over western areas, whilst the the cold airmass dropped minimum temperatures below freezing over the highlands and snow eventuated. The snow is still falling over some areas.
There will be a brief respite in wind speeds over the coming hours, however another cold front is due later tonight and into Monday morning.
This second front looks to bring more widespread rain alongside wind gusts likely to be in the damaging category. There is also the chance of more snow overnight as temperatures drop, however not likely to be as much as what has already fallen.
High pressure will build behind the second front, and by Wednesday skies should be mostly sunny with cool-to-mild temperatures.
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