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Summer snow delighting Tasmanians and visitors

Saturday December 12, 2015 - 13:39 EDT
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Snow on the way up kunanyi/Mount Wellington. - Audience submitted

As the summer solstice nears, Tasmanians have woken to the sight of a winter wonderland.

Low temperatures saw light snow falls around the state, with the Central Highlands receiving the most snow.



Hobart's Mount Wellington also received a light dusting as snow fell down to as low as 600 metres, with a strong cold front forcing a significant drop in temperatures overnight, the Bureau of Meteorology's Tim Bolden said.

"The coldest of the air really came through around two, three o'clock this morning," he said.

"That brought an increase in the shower activity, so we did see snow fall down to the 600-metre level last night.



"That is, however, now lifting quite rapidly, so temperatures are starting to warm up as we speak."

Burnie fell to six degrees Celsius last night, five below average, while Launceston and Hobart both dropped to five degrees.

Mount Wellington was the state's coldest location, dropping to a frigid minus three degrees.



"We do typically see one or two of these events each summer ... so it's unusual, but certainly not incredibly unusual," Mr Bolden said.

Kaylee Hattinger from the Great Lake Hotel said it was not unusual for snow to fall in the area in summer.



"It's a bit of fun particularly for the mainlanders who are over here visiting Tasmania at this time of year," she said.

"I've had people come to stay who are from Cairns and because the forecast was for snow they've come up and they've been lucky enough to see snow."


- ABC

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