Ben has a good dust-up as most Tasmanians have an ice day

22/05/2018 Posted by admin

Paul and Sarah Vardy, of Perth, WA, try sledding. Pictures: WILL SWAN
Nanjing Night Net

TASMANIA has been painted white by the first significant snowfall of winter. Up to 50 millimetres of powder snow fell on Ben Lomond with Mount Wellington recording snow down to 400 metres and 10 millimetres recorded at Lake St Clair. The temperature on Ben Lomond dropped into the negatives overnight and was minus 6 degrees at midday. Heavy winds stopped most of the powder snow from settling on Ben Lomond. Access to the mountain was cut off temporarily with a large tree falling across the road. Ben Lomond ski operator Eryl Williams said that at this time of the year snow could come or go. “It might all be gone by next week,” Mr Williams said. Mr Williams said that generally the ski season started in mid to late July but that all depended on the snow depth. “We need about half a metre to a metre of snow to safely open lifts,” he said. For Sam Rice, of Western Australia, yesterday was the first time she had seen snow in person. “I hate it,” she laughed. “Nah, it’s not too bad.” The fall affected some of the state’s roads with the Ridgley Highway closed from Hampshire to Tullah and other roads on the West Coast closed overnight. The Bureau of Meteorology said the snow was caused by a cold air mass behind the large front that covered most of south-east Australia. The snow is not expected to last with temperatures set to rise at the weekend. There are no lifts operating yet on Ben Lomond, and anyone travelling up the mountain is required to carry chains. READ MORE More snow pictures: Page 12

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