Forecast issued at 4:30 pm EST on Friday 25 April 2014.
A high pressure system to the east of Tasmania will continue to move away to the east tonight as a strong cold front approaches from the west, crossing the state Saturday morning with another high then expected just to the northwest tomorrow night. This high will slowly move east on Sunday, extending a ridge over Tasmania as it moves through Bass Strait. Another strong cold front will pass over the Bight on Monday before crossing Tasmania during Tuesday.
Forecast for the rest of Friday
Fine and cool to mild. Moderate northerly winds freshening.
Saturday 26 April
Showers extending statewide during the morning then gradually contracting to the west and far south during the afternoon and evening. Snowfalls lowering to around 700 metres. Hail and possible thunderstorms about the west and far south. Mild at first with fresh to strong and gusty northerly winds tending colder southwesterly during the morning then easing.
Sunday 27 April
Fine apart from early morning showers about the west and far south. Cool to cold at first, although locally very cold with frost, then a cool day. Light west to southwesterly winds becoming variable early afternoon.
Monday 28 April
Fine apart from possible morning showers about the north becoming more likely in the north and west in the evening. Cool to cold at first, although locally very cold inland with frost, then a cool to mild day. Light to moderate north to northeasterly winds, freshening about the west and east coasts during the afternoon.
Tuesday 29 April
Rain in the west, extending statewide during the day, then easing at night. Cool to mild at first, then a mild day. Fresh north to northwest winds, becoming moderate west to southwesterly during the afternoon.
The next routine forecast will be issued at 5:00 am EST Saturday.