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Wet week for western Tasmania

15 April 2020

A wet and windy end of the week is set to develop for the western half of Tasmania.

A deep low pressure system will pass to the south of Tasmania over the next few days, with a pair of cold fronts extending north across southern Australia.

These in combination, will produce a gusty to strong westerly flow across Tasmania, with scattered showers and rain periods. Falls of 20-30mm are expected over the next 72 hours, with isolated heavier falls to 80mm possible for some locations. This may lead to localised flash flooding and some minor river flooding.

Westerly winds will strengthen across the region during Thursday, with gusts approaching 70km/h, before a stronger burst of westerly winds develops with the passage of the secondary cold front Friday morning. Locally damaging gusts to 90km/h may develop with this secondary front, particularly for exposed coastal locations and elevated terrain.

Light snow flurries may develop for elevated regions above 1200m on Friday and into Saturday, as a cold airmass moves across Tasmania.

Conditions will persist into Saturday, before gradually easing during Sunday as a ridge of high pressure moves across southern Australia. A few showers will persist across the west coast, with lighter westerly winds.

Image 1: Bureau of Meteorology forecast rainfall, Wednesday 15/4/2020

Image 2: Bureau of Meteorology forecast rainfall, Thursday 16/4/2020

Image 3: Bureau of Meteorology forecast rainfall, Friday 17/4/2020

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