THE Northern State Emergency Service regional manager is confident people in flood-prone areas were well prepared for last night's heavy rain and strong winds.
The Bureau of Meteorology issued a flood watch for all Northern river basins yesterday.
The bureau forecast moderate to heavy rain across the North, with up to 50 millimetres expected in the 24 hours from midnight about the Western Tiers and elevated areas.
Minor flood warnings are current for the Mersey, North Esk, Lower Meander and Lower Macquarie river basins.
The bureau expects the Launceston area to receive 10 to 25 millimetres of rain today.
SES Northern regional manager Mhairi Revie said volunteers had yesterday ensured residents and businesses were well prepared.
``We are really happy with the take-up of sandbags,'' she said.
``Everyone is pretty well bagged up and ready to go. It should cut down the amount of jobs that we get later on.
``And obviously, it's far more convenient for the public if they don't have wet houses.''
Northern SES volunteers attended two jobs for flooded houses at Devon Hills and East Launceston yesterday, as well as two jobs for trees or branches obstructing footpaths and driveways.
Volunteers also gave sandbags to more than 56 households and businesses in Norwood, Newstead, Kings Meadows, Perth, Riverside and Summerhill.
There is also a warning for sheep graziers in the Midlands, Central North, North-West Coast and North East that cold temperatures, rain and strong north-westerly winds are expected today.
The bureau advised of a high risk for lambs and sheep exposed to these conditions.
The bureau's Central North district forecast for today is rain easing to scattered showers in the late afternoon.
Showers are expected to fall as snow above 600 metres during the late afternoon and evening. There is the chance of thunderstorms at night with hail and gusty winds.
Overnight temperatures are forecast to fall to between two and five degrees, with daytime temperatures reaching between nine and 12 degrees.
Tomorrow the bureau forecasts isolated showers, clearing in the evening, falling as snow above 600 metres.
Visit The Examiner online at www.examiner.com.au for photos and video of what the Launceston area looked like yesterday from an aerial perspective.