Fairfax Media Network

Weather News

Snow closes roads, weather conditions set to worsen

Friday July 5, 2013 - 22:34 EST
ABC image
Hobart residents have woken to the season's first good cover of snow on Mount Wellington. - ABC

A severe weather warning remains in place in Tasmania, with expectations of damaging westerly winds overnight.

Some roads in the Central Highlands are covered in snow to seven centimetres, and accessible only to four wheel drives.

The weather bureau says winds are expected to exceed more than 100 kilometres an hour again tomorrow.

Malcolm Riley from the bureau says the low pressure system will intensify.

"We have the severe weather warning out for gusts up to 120 kilometres an hour which are damaging in anyone's books," he said.

"That severe weather warning covers the whole state and really the way the situation is that it looks as though the strongest winds will be probably be going through overnight."



Snow is expected to fall to the 500 metre mark.

Emergency services are on standby and regional crews are also prepared to step up.

The SES is warning homeowners to secure outdoor furniture and other items.


- ABC

© ABC 2013

More breaking news

Sydney Morning Herald
ABC News
National Nine News
News Limited

Display Your Local Weather

Weather News

East coast rain and storm update

16:45 EST

Heavy rain, thunderstorms and damaging winds are all possible in parts of eastern Australia next week.

Myer Hobart store beats flood and fire, but market conditions may be toughest foe

13:04 EST

It has risen again from the ashes and has emerged from a devastating flood — but the challenge for the latest incarnation of Myer's Hobart store is simply to get people to shop there.

Wet weekend for parched Perth

12:02 EST

Perth may see its best rain since January this weekend as a burst of showers, blustery winds and storms affect southwestern parts of WA.