Tasmania experienced the hottest, driest January on record – but only 12 days into February, snow has been falling.
Bureau of Meteorology forecaster Rachel McInerney said snow was falling at down to 800 metres on Tuesday, with reports of flurries at down to 700 metres.
Onsite manager at Thousand Lakes Lodge, at Liawenee in the Central Highlands, Remy Giroulet, said that despite the fact the lodge was still closed due to fire recovery, there was snowfall on Monday.
“It’s such a huge difference in terms of temperature,” he said.
“It’s got really cold, lots of snow – it’s not really summery anymore right now.”
Thousand Lakes Lodge will reopen on Wednesday, February 20.
He said there was no remaining threats from the January bushfires, but keeping the National Parks closed allowed Parks and Wildlife starts to ensure all remaining hotspots were out before welcoming outdoor enthusiasts again.
Meanwhile, at the Great Lake Hotel, some firefighters from Western Australia had their first time seeing snow in their lives.
Bureau of Meteorology forecaster Rachel McInerney said the snowfall had stopped for the next week at least, with the snowline returning to 1400 to 1500 metres.
“Only the highest peaks will continue to get the odd flurry,” she said.
“We have another cold front that will cross tomorrow morning, but it has no impact in terms of the cold compared to [Monday], and then we’re looking at the air mass gradually warming for the rest of the week.”
Another strong cold front next Monday is also unlikely to bring more snow.