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Could snow reach sea level in Tassie on Friday night?

Ben Domensino, Wednesday September 22, 2021 - 15:47 EST

After a blast of cold and windy weather earlier this week, another strong cold front is about to send shivers across southeastern Australia and deliver snow to very low levels in Tasmania.

Earlier this week, a large area of southeastern and eastern Australia was hit by a pool of cold air that would be more typical in mid-winter than early-spring.

This polar air mass caused a combination of blustery winds, showers, small hail and snow, which made for a few wintry days across several states.

While this cold snap has now passed, and temperatures are rebounding, another pulse of cold air is on the way.

Two more cold fronts will sweep over southeastern Australia between Thursday and Saturday, bringing another substantial drop in temperature, along with gusty and damaging winds, rain, hail and snow.

The first front won't get very far north and will mainly impact Tasmania. Wind will be the main feature of this system, with a severe weather warning for damaging gusts in place for the state's Upper Derwent Valley and parts of Western, South East, East Coast, Central Plateau and Midlands Forecast Districts.

The second and much stronger front will reach Tasmania, Victoria and southern areas of South Australia on Friday, before spreading further north over NSW and the ACT from late Friday and on Saturday.

Image: Forecast 850 hPa air temperature on Saturday morning, showing a very cold air mass sitting above Tasmania and parts of Australia's southeast mainland.

This system is likely to cause more widespread damaging wind gusts in multiple states, along with rain, hail and snow.

The air will be very cold above Tasmania by Friday night into Saturday morning, possibly cold enough for snow to reach around 100-200 meters above sea level. Some snow flurries could even reach sea level in Tasmania overnight Friday or early on Saturday.

Make sure you stay up to date with the latest warnings in the coming days if you live in southeastern Australia.

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