Wintry blast hits Hobart
Staff Reporters | February 21, 2011 09.44am
A snow-topped Mt Wellington this morning. Picture: CRAIG MATTHEWS
HOBARTIANS woke to an icy 6C and a snow-covered mountain this morning as an unusual wintry blast hit the city.
Malcolm Dowling of the Bureau of Meteorology said it was unusual to get such cold weather at this time of year.
"February is the least likely month to see this sort of weather," he said.
"The sea temperatures peak late February and that usually keeps things warmer."
Mr Dowling said cooler air behind a front which crossed the state early Sunday drew progressively colder air over the state in its wake as the winds turned south-westerly.
"We had quite significant rainfalls with up to 30mm in the western and southern highlands and that obviously fell as snow above about 900m. It was unusually heavy for February."
Hobart shivered to an overnight low of 6C at 6am and by am9 it had just reach 7.5C.
The forecast is for conditions to gradually improve this afternoon with more settled weather for the next couple of days.