• A significant cold front to cross Tasmania late on Friday, bringing rain and strong winds.
• Today’s state forecast: Light showers about the west, developing in the north during the afternoon. Fine elsewhere.
• Northwesterly winds freshen this afternoon, but are expected to increase further from late morning tomorrow (Friday) to peak during the afternoon.
• A severe weather warning is current for potentially damaging northwesterly winds over much of Tasmania tomorrow.
• A severe weather warning for abnormally high tides in the south of the state is also likely Friday, coinciding with a king tide in the evening (between 6 pm and 7 pm). Tides are anticipated to be 5 to 10 cm higher than the high tide experienced yesterday afternoon. Tides are high for the following few days.
• Showers are expected to develop from the west during Friday and extend statewide by the evening, though little reaching the east coast.
• Snow levels are expected to lower to around 500 metres in the southwest late on Saturday, but increase to above 1000 metres on Sunday.
• Winds ease over the weekend and begin to freshen again later Monday as the next front approaches, due to cross Tuesday.
• Rainfall will consistently fall into the west of the state and parts of the north from Saturday onwards.
• Heavily saturated ground will heighten the risk of trees falling during or soon after windy conditions.
• Warnings are updated daily at: www.bom.gov.au/tas/warnings
Luke Johnston | Forecaster TAS RFC Bureau of Meteorology