Rain plays havoc with roads, sport

WIDESPREAD rain brought sport cancellations, road flooding and some snow in the North and North-West yesterday. 

About 3000 Aurora customers in Launceston lost power for about an hour yesterday but this was due to a pole fire in Trevallyn, and not the weather.

Police yesterday warned motorists to be careful in the North-West and on the Midland Highway, due to flooding. There was flooding on the highway between Campbell Town and Ross, and on roads around Devonport.

Rain caused the cancellation of sporting events but the AFL went ahead at Aurora Stadium in Launceston.

One beneficiary of the wild weather was Ben Lomond National Park, south-east of Launceston,  which was blanketed in several centimetres of snow.

A Ben Lomond Creek Inn staff member said snow began falling a few days ago, but there was not enough cover for skiing.

Today's  forecast is for snow showers, wind  and a temperature range of minus five to zero degrees.

A weather bureau forecaster said the rain  was caused by a moisture-laden north-west airflow that should have passed by this morning. 

Then from tomorrow,  south-west winds and a high to the north will bring fine weather, until rain returns on Thursday.

Launceston yesterday had 25.4 millimetres of rain between midnight and 9pm.

Today's  forecast for Launceston is a temperature range of two to 12 degrees and showers, and mostly sunny with a maximum of 12 degrees in Burnie and Devonport.

At the AFL Hawthorn versus Gold Coast game at Aurora Stadium are, back, Richelle Smith, 14, mum Heidi Smith, dad Damien Smith with Mason Smith, 1  (wrapped up with dad), and, front, Geneva Smith, 3, Morgan Smith, 9, and Bailey Smith, 12, all of Hobart. Picture: MARK JESSER

At the AFL Hawthorn versus Gold Coast game at Aurora Stadium are, back, Richelle Smith, 14, mum Heidi Smith, dad Damien Smith with Mason Smith, 1 (wrapped up with dad), and, front, Geneva Smith, 3, Morgan Smith, 9, and Bailey Smith, 12, all of Hobart. Picture: MARK JESSER

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