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Snow, severe frost, hail and plummeting temperatures this weekend for Tasmania

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Hobart is set to receive more snow than the mainland ski fields this weekend.

A blast of cold polar air to Tasmania and southern Victoria will drop temperatures and lead to snow at around 300m by Thursday with Tasmania’s west coast receiving a solid 20cm of snow.

Meteorologists are predicting “extreme winter weather” and bitterly cold temperatures this weekend. Showers, hail, thunderstorms and deep snow could strike parts of Tasmania, Victoria and South Australia. Light snow could even fall over the higher suburbs of Hobart on Thursday night.

Overnight lows in Hobart from 5C on Thursday morning to just 1C on Saturday. The highs will only get to around 10C. On Mount Wellington, you’ll be lucky to get above 1C on Thursday.

But while the snow might be sparse, the frost will be heavy and widespread across Tasmania, inland Victoria and NSW from Friday night onwards. Saturday mornings frost will be heavy and not seen for years in the area.

Canberra is predicted to have a low of -5C on Saturday morning then -6C on Sunday morning.

Anything below -5.5C would be Canberra’s coldest temperature in two years. A low of 6C in Sydney on Sunday morning and Melbourne’s 3C on Saturday would both be the coldest in 12 months.

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