It’s Snowing Down To Sea Level In Tassie Today

The common misconception about Tasmania in the wintertime is that it turns into some barren, Siberian wasteland with endless fields of white as far as the eye can see.

The reality though, is whilst it does get chillier than most regions of the country, it’s still by-and-large party to the typical south-eastern Australian winter; cold nights, grey days, the occasional week of rain. Hell, snow doesn’t even *really* fall on the mountains with any great ferocity, owing to their relatively low height. There’s a pretty good reason why your most popular skiing holidays are all at Perisher or Mount Buller, and not on Ben Lomond, for example.
So trust me when I say that the fact that Tasmanians woke up this morning to solid snowfall that was settling down at sea level, that it’s definitely something extremely out of the ordinary.
In fact, snow hasn’t fallen to sea level in Hobart in this quantity since 1986.

My beautiful home town Hobart. Turned into a winter wonderland today! ???? #Hobart #beautiful #snow #memories ??

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There’s been reports of snow falling in other parts of the state as well, including Northern centre Launceston. Such is the level of snow in parts of Hobart that it’s forced the closure of a number of roads, as well as seeing some schools declare an extremely rare Snow Day.
The low snow levels are predicted to last throughout the day in parts of Tasmania, before receding back to elevated heights tomorrow.
Enjoy it while it lasts, Tassie pals! No matter what you do for a crust.

Do you want to build a snowman?Phil Kitt took this fantastic photo of Tasmania Police policeman making snow angels at Fern Tree #snowbart

Posted by 936 ABC Hobart on Sunday, 2 August 2015

via ABC News.