Snow forecast for Tasmania on Friday and Saturday

A road weather alert has been issued for parts of Tasmania. 

The Bureau of Meteorology said Thursday’s driving conditions could be dangerous due to icy roads in the Central North, North East, Central Plateau, Midlands, East Coast, Upper Derwent Valley and South East districts. 

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Motorists are advised to drive with extreme caution on the following roads:

  • Gordon River Road
  • Lake Dobson Road (chains required for 2wd vehicles)
  • Highland Lakes Road (Steppes Hall to Miena – Heavy snow in patches)
  • Lake St. Clair Road
  • Lyell Highway (West of Wayatinah to Derwent Bridge)
  • Marlborough Road (Snow)
  • Lake Leake Road (Heavy frost & black ice)
  • Mount Barrow Road (Heavy frost & ice)

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Weekend forecast

Tasmania’s Central North will be one of the only regions to miss out on snowfall over the weekend as winter reaches its midway point. 

Much of the state is predicted to experience snowfall on Friday and Saturday – mainly above 800 metres - with heavy falls possible for the North-East Coast and the West Coast. 

The likelihood of icy roads has led Bureau of Meteorology to issue a road weather alert for those driving in the state’s North-West Coast, Central North, North-East, Western, Central Plateau, Midlands, East Coast, Upper Derwent Valley and South-East on Thursday.

BOM has also issued a gale warning for the Central West Coast on Thursday. 

Launceston’s cold mornings are set to continue into the weekend as overnight temperatures drop to zero degrees or lower on Thursday, Saturday and Sunday.

Between 10 and 25mm of rain is expected to fall on Friday, with the consolation that overnight temperatures should sit at a balmy six degrees.