Forecast issued at 5:00 am EST on Wednesday 17 September 2014.
A trough will cross the state this morning ahead of a cold front during the day, as a high builds over the Bight. The high will remain dominant through Thursday and Friday as the high slowly approaches the state, although an embedded trough is expected to cross during Friday. The high will then lie just to the west of Tasmania on Saturday, as a cold front approaches from the south of the state and moves along the east coast during the day.
Forecast for the rest of Wednesday
Showers in the west extending statewide during the morning, falling as snow above 500 metres, contracting to the west and south during the evening. Possible thunderstorms with small hail about the west and far south. A cool to cold day with moderate to fresh southwesterly winds developing.
Thursday 18 September
Showers in the west and south, falling as snow to 700 metres. Possible afternoon showers elsewhere. A cold start with patchy frost, then a cool to cold day with moderate to fresh southwesterly winds.
Friday 19 September
Showers in the west and south, with possible showers elsewhere during the morning. Snow falls to 1000 metres at first, rising to the highest peaks by evening. A cold start with patchy frost, then a cool day with moderate to fresh southwesterly winds.
Saturday 20 September
Scattered showers about the west and far south. Fine elsewhere. A cold start with patchy frost, then a cool to mild day with moderate west to southwesterly winds.
The next routine forecast will be issued at 4:30 pm EST Wednesday.