Cold enough to freeze a bronze footballer

THE Derwent Valley and Central Highlands have shivered through a night of sub-zero temperatures and a chilly and frosty morning. Parts of the region are coated in a thick layer of frost, illustrated by the icy particles sparkling in the sunlight on the Peter Hudson statue in New Norfolk.

Temperatures dropped below zero around 9pm yesterday and were at nearly -5 degrees celsius at 7.30am today before beginning a slow climb. These temperatures relate to Bushy Park and Ouse. The BOM does not have a weather station at New Norfolk but at New Norfolk News central the temperature was at -2 at 9am.

Official temperatures at 9am today were -4.9 at Liawenee, -3 at Ouse and -2.8 at Bushy Park. Liawenee was -10.6 degrees at 7.30am. Today’s forecasts are mostly sunny and a maximum of 11 degrees at New Norfolk, morning frost and partly cloudy at Maydena with a top of 9 degrees, morning frost and partly cloudy at Ouse with a maximum of 11 degrees, morning frost and mostly sunny at Bothwell (9 degrees maximum), and partly cloudy at Strathgordon (8 degrees).

An alert for icy roads and dangerous driving conditions remains in place for parts of the Bureau of Meteorology’s Upper Derwent valley forecast district, and other districts around the state. Click here for the latest update on that warning.

Police warnings for local roads as of 8.30am are:

  • Lyell Highway Derwent Bridge – ice
  • Boyer Rd – caution, for slippery conditions
  • Marlborough Rd – extreme caution, slippery conditions
  • Lake St Clair Rd – extreme caution, slippery conditions
  • Lake Dobson Rd – extreme caution, slippery conditions
  • Highland Lakes Rd – extreme caution, slippery conditions

For the latest information on statewide road warnings and closures, check the Tasmania Police community update page.

Frosty New Norfolk.
Frost on the soccer fields at Tynwald Park.
Frost on the Peter Hudson statue at Arthur Square, New Norfolk.
Tynwald Park, New Norfolk.

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