Sunset sparks a short-lived purple patch

RUG up readers, it’s going to be a cold one in the Derwent Valley tonight. Clear skies provided an amazing sunset over New Norfolk earlier tonight, but the purple patch was short-lived and temperatures are now making their way down to some of this winter’s coldest so far.

Temperatures at Ouse, Tarraleah, Mt Field and Bothwell are predicted to drop to -5 degrees overnight (Wednesday into Thursday). It will also be sub-zero at New Norfolk and Maydena where a minimum of -2 is expected.

A road weather alert continues, with icy roads making for dangerous driving conditions during Thursday morning in parts of the Upper Derwent Valley, North West Coast, Central North, North East, Western, Central Plateau, Midlands, East Coast and South East forecast districts.

For information on any road closures, please contact your local council or the Police. The next alert will be issued by 11pm Wednesday.

The sunset seen from Richmond St, New Norfolk, earlier tonight.


  • Boyer Rd – Ice Patches
  • Gordon River Rd – Snow at Tim Shea. Open to 4WD vehicles only. Extreme caution.
  • highland Lakes Rd – Frost patches – Ice Steppes – Miena & Miena to Golden Valley.
  • Highland Lakes Rd – Snow at Hunterston to Miena. Open to 4WD vehicles only. Extreme caution. Snow clearing completed.
  • Lake St Clair Rd – Snow throughout. Open to 4WD vehicles only. Snow clearing completed.
  • Lake Dobson Rd – Ice Patches
  • Lyell Highway – Road clear with extreme caution.
  • Lyell Highway – Frost & ice from Taffys Creek to Derwent Bridge. Extreme caution. Treatment commenced
  • Marlborough Rd – Ice Patches

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