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Stay home tonight, police recommend

STRONG winds and severe weather is affecting many parts of Tasmania this evening, and police are urging people to stay inside, and to reconsider their need to travel on the roads. Police have received reports of fallen trees and powerlines in various locations across the state, with some power and phone line outages occurring.

The north-west coast is being particularly impacted, particularly around the Sheffield area. Please stay inside if you can, and beware of the risk of falling trees and powerlines.

If people are travelling on roads, please:

  • Drive at a speed that allows plenty of time to stop quickly
  • Do not try and travel if you can’t see clearly out your windscreen
  • Be aware the roads may be slippery, and you could be driving on ice and black ice, which is almost invisible
  • Leave plenty of space between your vehicle and the vehicle ahead

including Derwent Valley road weather alert, severe weather warning, and a warning to sheep graziers.

UPDATED: Hazardous roads as at 9.45 pm Saturday
Tasmania Police advise all motorists intending to use elevated roads overnight to consider an alternate route or delay their journey. Roads at elevation throughout the state will be subjected to ice and snow. Conditions may deteriorate rapidly. Click here for the latest statewide hazardous roads list.

  • Highland Lakes Rd – Snow from Poatina Junction to Miena.
  • Highland Lakes Rd – Liffey to Liawenee and Steppes to Miena – 4WD only
  • Lake Dobson Rd, Mt Field National Park – Snow and ice throughout. 4WD only
  • Lake St Clair Rd – Patchy Frost and ice, extreme caution.
  • Lyell Hwy – Patchy snow and ice from Wayatinah to Derwent Bridge.
  • Marlborough Rd – Frost and ice, use with caution. 4WD only.

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