Parts of western Tasmania have had falls of nearly 100mm and wind gusts of over 100km/h as a vigorous cold front approaches the Apple Isle.
Strong to gale force northwest winds have hammered much of Tasmania with those in exposed and elevated regions the hardest hit. Overnight both Mt Wellington and Maatsuyker Island gusted to over 100km/h. In Hobart gusts reached 80km/h on Friday night.
The strong and unstable winds drove showers over much of the west throughout Friday and overnight into Saturday. Mt Read picked up the highest total in the state with 97mm reaching the gauge. Other areas in the west and central regions had between 10-40mm to 9am on Saturday. Hobart was protected from most of the showers with just 1mm recorded.
The wet and windy weather is set to continue through the weekend. There will be a weak wind change during Saturday afternoon and evening with a more vigorous change coming late on Sunday morning. Once again the west will cop the worst of it with widespread falls of 20-30mm and isolated falls of over 50mm possible. Wind gusts about exposed and elevated areas are likely to exceed 100km/h once again.
On Sunday a very cold airmass will sweep over the whole state in the wake of the front. Showers will continue with falls of up to 30mm about the west and south coasts and elevated areas. Three day totals may approach 200mm in the wettest spots. It will even be cold enough for showers to fall as snow down to around 300m. Wind gusts of over 100km/h are likely for the third straight day.
The start of the working week will be much of the same although winds will start to ease.
Hobart will miss most of the rain however there will still be a few showers moving through. On Sunday and Monday the cold airmass will be accompanied by blustery southwest winds making it feel even colder than the forecast 14 and 15 degrees respectively.
© Weatherzone 2013
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