Rare spring snow forecast for Tasmania

Rare low-level springtime snow is forecast to fall in Tasmania towards the end of the week, with some likely to settle in the hills above Hobart.

© Andrew Drummond/AAP PHOTOS The Bureau of Meteorology says rare springtime snow could fall in Hobart this week.

The Bureau of Meteorology says separate cold fronts on Thursday morning and Friday afternoon will bring damaging winds and “very low snow”.

Snow flurries down to 100m above sea level are possible late on Friday and into Saturday, and some could reach near sea level in the island’s west and south.

“It’s pretty rare to see snow down to near sea level in Tasmania, but it becomes more possible this time of the year … when we start to see the real cold systems,” said BOM senior meteorologist Luke Johnston.

“It’s likely to be the lowest snowfalls in Tasmania experienced this year. We have had a couple of events with snow to sub-500m during the course of this winter.”

The heaviest falls are expected in the west, far south and Central Plateau, but Launceston in the north is set to miss out.

The Antarctic blast is forecast to linger over Tasmania across the weekend and into next week.

The bureau will issue alerts for icy road weather, and to bushwalkers and sheep graziers, for Friday and Saturday. 

Snow could fall on southern sections of the Midlands Highway, Tasmania’s major road.

Wind gusts are likely to reach 100km/h in some parts and up to 90km/h in Hobart.

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