Tasmanian News

Wild weather hits the state

Mount Wellington Winter

Tasmania police have issued a number of road warnings, with winter hitting across the state.

They are urging motorists to slow down and be mindful as roads turn icy due to heavy snowfall.

“Rain and black ice make the roads slippery, vehicles can slide into danger and out of control if the speed they are travelling at is too fast for the conditions,” said Inspector John Ward.

“Be aware of your surroundings and look out for potential hazards in any extreme weather conditions.

Snow and ice can be expected in elevated areas, creating potentially hazardous road conditions.

“If a road is closed, don’t drive around road closure signs, or move signs from the roadway.

The Lyell Highway from Black Bobs to Derwent Bridge and Pinnacle road to the summit of Mt Wellington, have been closed since earlier today because of ice.

Debbie Tabor from the Bureau of Meteorology says conditions will only worsen later today.

"Snow covered roads will most likely hit hard tonight... so some roads are expected to have snow on them which may make driving conditions dangerous. 

"Late night and early tomorrow expect icy conditions in parts of the North West Coast, Western, Central Plateau, Midlands, Upper Derwent Valley and South East forecast districts," said Ms Tabor. 

Meanwhile, heavy fog was clouding the north of the state this morning with a pedestrian hit by a vehicle on Lindsay Street in Invermay. 

No serious injuries were reported by police and emergency services. 

Image: Wikimedia, https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/8/80/Mount_Wellington_Winter.JPG

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