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Summer in Tasmania brings torrential rain to dry east coast, snowfalls in Central Highlands

By Linda Hunt, Monday December 4, 2017 - 09:49 EDT
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Great Lake in the middle of Tasmania is no stranger to snow in summer. - ABC licensed

After Tasmanians were , the southern state has seen in summer with heavy rain and snowfalls.

Some much-needed rain has fallen on Tasmania's dry east coast on Saturday night, and there was snow in the Central Highlands.

Bureau of Meteorology senior forecaster Simon McCulloch said the eastern half of the state had solid rainfalls over the past 24 hours.

"In fact, there's lots of places in the eastern half that have had around 50 millimetres or more in the last 24 hours and a lot of that's fallen overnight," Mr McCulloch said.

Pyengana in the north-east recorded the highest rainfall of 102mm.

Friendly Beaches recorded 84mm during the 24 hours to 9:00am AEDT.

Also in the north-east, 55mm of rain fell in Swansea, with 71mm in Bicheno, and 58mm in St Helens.

"In an area that hasn't had much rain for quite a long time," Mr McCulloch said.

The capital Hobart recorded 37mm of rain in the 24 hours to 9:00am AEDT.

"Hobart's average rainfall for December's about 50mm, so nearly 40mm is pretty much 80 per cent of the rainfall, the monthly rainfall, in one 24 hours period," Mr McCulloch said.

Tasmania's downpour is part of a .

Guests at the Great Lake Hotel at Miena in the Central Highlands woke up to snow on Sunday morning, as overnight falls settled on the ground.

While the road to kunanyi/Mount Wellington in Hobart has been closed at the Springs because of snowfalls.

Thousands of Tasmanians without power

As the rain continued to fall, it has meant a busy time for the State Emergency Service.

The Southern Regional Manager Mark Nelson said three teams were out on Sunday morning.

"They're dealing with jobs all around the greater Hobart area — Clarence, Risdon Vale, Lenah Valley, Taroona," Mr Nelson said.

"Most of the jobs are water inundation.

"We have people with leaking rooves and water coming through roofs, we're trying to patch that up.

"Or water running down into basements or into garages which we have to put sandbags out for."

About 3,000 properties were also without power, mostly around the Hobart area and the south-east and in the north-east of the state.

There have been no call outs for the SES in the north-west and only two in west of Tasmania.


© ABC 2017

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