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BREAKING TASMANIA: Snow falls ‘nearly to sea level’ at Hobart braces for further chilly nights

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#AceBreakingNews – Snow has settled in some of Hobart’s suburbs after a flurry overnight, reaching down as low as 150 metres in the state’s south, with more chilly nights on the way for Tasmania.

Luke Johnston from the Bureau of Meteorology said a burst of cold air came over Tasmania behind a cold front that crossed the state on Sunday, bringing south-south westerly winds.

He said the lowest temperature in the state was -6.5 degrees Celsius, recorded at the pinnacle of kunanyi/Mount Wellington, with an apparent temperature of -20C at midnight.

“[It is] a very cold outbreak for the state, with snow showers down to low levels — nearly sea level — with a few reports of snow flurries, so not settling, to about 20 metres above sea level in Howden,” Mr Johnston said.

“For the rest of today we’ll see the snow level gradually rise and shower activity, or snow shower activity, decrease throughout the day.”

A snow-dusted mountain with city buildings and houses in the foreground
The lowest temperature in Tasmania recorded on Sunday night was on top of kunanyi/Mount Wellington.(ABC News: Loretta Lohberger)none
Snow covering a church.
Snow settled at the village of Fern Tree, which is on the slopes of kunanyi/Mt Wellington, just outside Hobart.(Supplied: Rebekah De brey)none
Snow covering a car windshield and a street.
Locals at Mount Nelson, in Hobart, woke up to a flurry of snow this morning too.(Instagram: tasmaniawhyweloveit )none
Two kids lie on the ground and make snow angels as two dogs walk around them.
Kids were happy to make snow angels in a backyard near Kingston, south of Hobart.(Supplied: Esther Hoggart)none

Hobart’s expected maximum temperature today is 8C, which Mr Johnston said was “just about as cold as you can get for a day in Hobart”.

“What we’re left with for the rest of this week is a very cold but otherwise fine week, pretty much state wide.

“All the cold air over Tasmania is just going to sit here all week.”

Snow covers rocky ground.
Clouds obscured the summit of kunanyi/Mt Wellington most of this morning, but the snowfalls were seen via webcam.(Supplied: Hobart City Council)none
A potoroo in a field of snow looks at the camera.
The local potoroos in Collinsvale were undaunted by the snowy landscape.(ABC News: Dan Smith)none
Red flowers covered in snow.
The next few days are expected to remain chilly.(Instagram: tasmaniawhyweloveit)none
A view down on to a car and nature strip covered in snow in the early morning
A snow-covered Mount Nelson at sunrise.(Supplied: Alice Thorp)none

Mr Johnston said the next few mornings would be “very, very cold for most of Tasmania, even for Tasmania, with widespread minimum temperatures between -2 and -4 degrees”.

In Launceston, the mercury stayed above zero.

“Launceston got to around 2 degrees, which, believe it or not, is relatively warm for them for this kind of cold outbreak,” Mr Johnston said.

“Launceston’s going to get colder mornings throughout the next couple of days with about -3, -4 degrees expected.”

Several warnings are in place, including a bushwalkers’ weather alert and a road weather alert.

Snow covers a wheelie bin and trees.
Lower Longley, part-way between Huonville and Kingston, south of Hobart, got a dumping of snow.(Supplied: Sharon Eiszele)none
A snow-covered ski field
Good skiing conditions continue at Ben Lomond.(Facebook: Ben Lomond Alpine Resort)none
A woman holds the hand of a child as they walk down a snowy road.
Snow also fell at Collinsvale overnight.(ABC News: Dan Smith)none
Snow covers bushes and trees illuminated by the morning light.
The snowy landscape at Ridgeway, behind Mount Nelson.(ABC News: Maren Preuss)none

Ben Lomond Alpine Resort managing director Ben Mock said the mountain was covered in “perfect powder” for skiing.

A yellow RACT van is on its side with a broken back window. The ground is snowy and icy.
This RACT van reportedly rolled on icy roads between Moina and Cradle Mountain.(Facebook: Ant Shell Hutt)none

In the state’s north-west, Cradle Mountain Road — leading to the the tourist hotspot — has been closed due to hazardous ice and snow.

Mr Johnston said conditions would be hazardous on the state’s roads, particularly for the next few mornings.

“It’s very cold, the roads will be cold, there’s some moisture around, the snow may melt but it will probably refreeze in places overnight causing patches of black ice to start popping up,” he said.

Tasmania Police has issued specific warnings for several roads.

There is some relief in sight.

Mr Johnston said warmer winds from the north-east would flush away the cool air later in the week, with more mild temperatures expected on Sunday.

A dividing line of snow on a hillside.
Snow seen from a Huonville backyard shows how close it came to reaching some homes.(Supplied: Evelyn Miller-Rooke)none
Snow covering logs in a backyard.
Snow fell to low levels overnight at Margate, south of Hobart.(Supplied: Andrea Elizabeth)none
A waterfall flows down, blanketed with snow.
Myrtle Forest Falls was beautiful in the snow.(ABC News: Dan Smith)none
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