Temperatures have plummeted across Tasmania with a cold front bringing with it the unmistakable sign of winter – flurries of snow.
Rural areas around Northern Tasmania shivered as a cold front brought ice and snow to their doorsteps, with the promise of more on the way from the Bureau of Meteorology.
Deddington resident Rod Irvin said it usually snowed around their place once or twice a year and while this was the second dumping they’d received it was the thickest and lasted the longest.
“We had a dump up here around April if you could believe it, but this lot has definitely lasted a lot longer on the ground,” he said.
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Mr Irvin and his wife have lived at Deddington for 17 years and said when they woke up on Tuesday morning their property was blanketed with about three to four inches of snow.
The snow was still lingering as it got closer to noon, with patches falling from the trees and blanketing both sides of the road.
Bureau of Meteorology senior forecaster Simon McCullogh said the cold front had predominately affected the south-east and East Coast of Tasmania and was likely to persist in the coming days.
“We expect to get large amounts of snow in elevated areas, and it is unusual in the fact that we expect to see snow on the east-facing hills on the East Coast,” he said.
Mr McCullogh said it was possible snow could fall onto the Hazards or on Maria Island due to the front.
Launceston reached a high of 9 degrees on Tuesday and is forecast to reach 10 degrees on Wednesday, 12 on Thursday and 11 Friday.
St Helens reached a top of 9 degrees on Tuesday and is expected to reach 10 on Wednesday and 12 on Thursday and Friday.
Ben Lomond reached minus 3 on Tuesday, with forecasts of minus 2 on Wednesday and minus 1 on Thursday and Friday.
Tasmania Police Inspector Brian Edmunds said motorists should take care while driving, particularly on the East Coast in the next few days.
“With the weather, that’s forecast the message is to slow down and drive to the conditions. Avoid excessive braking and make sure there’s enough room between you and other vehicles,” he said.
SES volunteers have mobilised to respond in inclement weather.