Forecast issued at 5:00 am EST on Wednesday 4 May 2016.
A cool westerly stream will tend northwesterly today as a low passes well to the south. A cold front will approach Tasmania late on Thursday, and cross the state early Friday, with the northwesterly stream continuing in its wake. The stream will ease later on Friday due to the influence of a ridge of high pressure to the northeast of Tasmania, then tend warmer northerly on Saturday. A large low pressure system is expected to develop in the Bight late Saturday.
Forecast for the rest of Wednesday
Showers about the western half of the state, far south, and Bass Strait islands, extending to the remainder of the north during the afternoon and evening. Early snowfalls to 800 metres in the west and far south. Fine elsewhere. Fresh and gusty westerly winds tending northwesterly during the day.
Thursday 5 May
Showers about the north, west and far south. Fine elsewhere until showers extend from the west late at night. Fresh to locally strong and gusty north to northwesterly winds.
Friday 6 May
Showers, contracting to the west and far south around midday before mostly clearing in the evening. Fresh and gusty west to northwesterly winds, easing during the day.
Saturday 7 May
Showers about the north, clearing in the afternoon. Fine elsewhere apart from possible showers about the west. Northerly winds.
The next routine forecast will be issued at 4:30 pm EST Wednesday.