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A fantastic finale to the Tasmanian snow season

Anthony Duke, Friday September 4, 2015 - 15:14 EST

Tasmanian ski resorts at Ben Lomond and Mount Mawson are looking back at one of their best seasons in at least a decade.

Frequent cold fronts this winter brought decent snowfall right across the Apple Isle, with memorable images of snow falling down to sea level at the start of August. That event and subsequent cold spells, turned the snow season at Ben Lomond on it's head. So much so that today is the 40th day of lift operations this season.

Before the start of the season, many were skeptical of how this season would turn out, particularly with the building El Nino in the Pacific. The presence of such phenomena caused the outlook to be milder and drier than average across eastern Australia. Warmer sea surface temperatures in the southeast reinforced this outlook. Fortunately other forces were at play in the far south which brought strong cold fronts over the southeast of the nation; stronger than fronts seen in recent winters.

Even as the season draws to a close, a cold front will move across the island bringing another bout of snow flurries on Sunday night and Monday. This front won't be anywhere near as strong as those seen at the height of winter, but should bring around 5-10cm above 1200m.

- Weatherzone

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