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Cold front rips through Tasmania

Drew Casper-Richardson, Sunday August 12, 2018 - 12:40 AEST

Another cold front has crossed Tasmania continuing what has been a wet and windy winter.

Fronts have frequently lashed the Apple Isle this winter. Although the most recent front didn't pack the some punch as some of the previous ones it did bring another blast wind, rain and snow.

Winds exceeded 90km/h in some exposed parts including 98km/h at Maatsuyker Island and 96km/h at Cape Grim. Hobart is generally protected from the strongest winds associated with these cold fronts and wind gusts maxed out at 43km/h.

Rainfall was heaviest in the western half of the state. Strathgordon collected the highest total to 9am on Sunday with 16mm reaching the gauge. Elsewhere, South Queenstown recorded 14mm and Strahan 12mm. Hobart received less than a millimetre.

Along with the wind and rain the front also brought a frigid airmass which allowed for snow to fall above around 600 metres. This triggered a Road Weather Alert for some parts due to slippery roads with ice and snow.

The blustery conditions will continue for much of the next week. Wind gusts could exceed 100km/h at exposed and elevated parts of the state, especially in the western half on Monday to Wednesday. The next front will then march through on Wednesday and another on Friday which will bring another cold airmass and snow to around 800 metres on Wednesday, potentially lower on Friday.

- Weatherzone

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