Dave talks with Tom Bolden from the BOM about the recent cold snap and how long it may last.


Significant low snowfalls over Tasmania this week


  • A deep low pressure system south of Tasmania is bringing cold temperatures, showers and gusty conditions this week.


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  • Snow settled to 100m to 200m about the West, the Central Plateau and the far south on Tuesday morning, but will rise to 400m during Tuesday evening.


  • The snowline is expected to lift to 1000m during Wednesday, then lower again to around 200m Thursday evening behind a cold front in the afternoon.


  • Significant snow depths are likely about the west, Central Plateau and far south over the course of the week which may lead to prolonged road closures.


  • Isolated stations in the southeast recorded their coldest night in July 24, 2016. These were 2.2°C at Cape Bruny and Maatsuyker Island, 3.2° at Maria Island and -6.4° on Mt Wellington/kunanyi.


  • Many stations have reported a very cold September day, however daily observations will not be finalised until 9am Wednesday.


The following non-marine warnings are currently in place for Tuesday and Wednesday:

  • A Road Weather Alert for snow on roads above 200m for Tuesday and Wednesday, mainly in western, central and southern areas, and for black ice Wednesday morning.
  • A Frost Warning is current for all Tasmanian agricultural districts.
  • A Bushwalkers Alert for western and central forecast districts.
  • A Warning for Sheep Graziers for all grazing districts.


Details on warnings are updated six hourly at: www.bom.gov.au/tas/warnings/