South-East AUS expecting a Snowy Weekend

South-East AUS expecting a Snowy Weekend

Tasmania, Victoria and Southern NSW are about to be hit with snowy weekend as a cold front sweeps through. Above image via BSCH

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A cold front swept through Tasmania and South-Eastern Australia early on Friday bringing widespread strong wind gusts of 60-90km/h to Tasmania and 40-60km/h to Victoria with higher gusts in the Alpine region. Behind this cold front, satellite imagery is showing a very large area of freezing air indicated by the speckled cloud coverage. This cold air is expected to begin impacting Tasmania over the next few hours and really impact overnight into Saturday.

During the overnight hours of Friday into virtually all of Saturday, a large area of cold air with temperatures of -4 to -5c at 1500m ASL is expected to cover Tasmania along with -3c across Victoria and Southern NSW at the same height. This freezing air is likely to combine with increased levels of moisture to produce snowfall down to around 700m possibly lower over Tasmania (unsettled snow down to 500-600m) and down to around 700-800m over Victoria and Southern NSW.  Despite the lower levels of snow (especially over VIC and NSW given the slow year so far), snowfall totals aren’t expected to be overly high with 5-10cm expected over the Snowy Mountains (possibly higher up to 15cm is all goes to plan) and up to 10cm over the Tasmanian Highlands. Areas below around 1000m in both regions should only expect a dusting.

On Saturday night into Sunday, there is a very slim chance of a dusting over the NSW Central Tablelands as the cold air surges further North. However given this is a narrow window of opportunity and limited moisture (too many factors hindering it from occurring). We don’t advise people to be heading to the area.

Forecast temperatures at 1500m ASL during Saturday Night via WindyTV

Forecast temperatures at 1500m ASL during Saturday Night via WindyTV

 

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