Issued at 2:30pm Sunday, June 25th 2017. The cold front has just passed through TAS and the cold snow air is about to arrive! Above image is a visible satellite via BSCH

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The current synoptic situation is showing a cold front, the second in just 3 days, has passed over Tasmania this afternoon and is now beginning to pass through Victoria. This cold front is tracking towards the East and is linked to a strong low pressure system in the Southern Tasman Sea. Along and just ahead this cold front, damaging to near destructive winds have been recorded with Maatsuyker Island seeing a wind gust of 113km/h around 9am this morning and gusts between 85 and 100km/h since. Mt Wellington has seen a wind gust of 91km/h and Hogan Island located in Bass Strait has just seen an 89km/h gust but this may increase as the front nears over the next hour or so.

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Behind this front, very cold air is once again being dragged up from Antarctica, indicated by the speckled cloud coverage over the Great Australian Bight at the moment (circled in blue on the cover image). This speckled cloud resembles the general region where conditions are favourable for snowfall to occur. Temperatures as low as -3ºc are forecast to occur at 1500m behind the front, once this mixes with shallow moisture then snowfall is likely to occur through Sunday evening into Monday over Tasmania down to about 700-800m and across the Snowy Mountains down to around 1000m. Falls of up to 15cm are forecast across the Tasmanian Central Highlands, with about 5-10cm expected over the Snowy Mountains.

Forecast températures at 5,000ft / 1500m via EC Model for the early hours of Monday Morning via WindyTV

Forecast températures at 5,000ft / 1500m via EC Model for the early hours of Monday Morning via WindyTV

 

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