South Eastern AUS is expected to experience its first proper snow for the season as a pool of freezing air moves over the region this weekend. Above image – Forecast snowfall across Tasmania this weekend via Windy.

 

South Eastern AUS is expected to be impacted by widespread severe weather this weekend (Saturday and Sunday) as a vigorous cold front brings damaging to destructive winds across Tasmania, Victoria, elevated parts of Southern NSW and South Eastern SA along with thunderstorms and good rainfall to some areas. There is also an added risk of some half decent snowfall across the Tasmania Highlands and Snowy Mountains as a tongue of very cold, freezing air extends up from Antarctica behind the cold front as it moves through. This will drop temperatures to below 0ºc over Tasmania at 1500m ASL and near 0ºc over the Victoria just above 1500m ASL.

Temperatures at 1500m ASL (not surface) over South East AUS on Sunday morning via Windy.

Temperatures at 1500m ASL (not surface) over South East AUS on Sunday morning via Windy.

 

Moisture should combine with the cold air to produce snowfall down to around 800m across Tasmania, possibly even 700m with falls of up to 30cm forecast over the Tasmanian Highlands. Lighter falls of up to 10-15cm are expected over Thredbo and 5-10cm over the VIC Alpine due to the slightly warmer temperatures. The potential for damaging to destructive winds will also increase the risk of blizzards across the TAS Highlands and peaks of the Snowy Mountains. The best timing for the snow is expected to be late Saturday and until around mid morning. The cold air whilst it isn’t expected to bring snow to other areas, it could also result in some hail showers and an increased risk of hail with any storms that occur – mainly across TAS and Southern VIC.

 

Its not uncommon to see Tasmania receiving a good snow dump this early on in the season (which technically is yet to start), but it is encouraging for snow lovers and winter lovers that we are only a tease away from being in the cold season.

Forecast snowfall totals over the next 3 days across the Snowy Mountains via Windy

Forecast snowfall totals over the next 3 days across the Snowy Mountains via Windy