Western Arthurs

ahronshapiro

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I'm posting to this thread hoping someone knowledgeable will help me. I am planning to walk the Western Arthurs Traverse in early March. My hiking window is midday Sunday March 6, 2021 and I need to be back at Devonport for a ferry back to Melbourne on Tuesday night, March 16. The forecast models are still not in agreement over the weather for this period, although none of them show truly bad weather (maybe a couple of showery days, but nothing heavy, nothing too cold or windy and nothing that lasts more than a few hours). I'd really appreciate hearing some opinions from weather enthusiasts about conditions I should expect in that area of Southwest Tasmania based on the models as they come into greater agreement. Thanks.
 

PK Sawd

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Can't help with the weather but make sure you are aware of what you can and can't do subsequent to the damaging fires of a couple of Summers ago. I don't recall the details off the top of your head but a full traverse is not yet possible I think. Still plenty of good stuff can be accessed though. You should have a blast.
 

GS

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The forecast for our trip in Jan was similar a week out, but ended up considerably worse. My take on the weather in that area is plan for the worst and hope for the best.
 
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skifree

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Should I mention here waking up at Clayton’s Corner (so at sea level) with 10 to 15 of snow over the tent & the WAs in the distance covered in snow?

It was Christmas morning, 25 December.

We could see the snow remaining on the WAs for the next 3 days.
 

skifree

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Might be something, will try & remember to look when next at computer. Camera stayed in the bag a lot of that trip due to weather & being a pack raft wander. 2 days & 2 nights in mostly pouring rain on Mt Rugby saddle tends to keep the focus on keeping stuff dry.
 

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My mistake, it was a snow fall overnight of 26 to 27 December, not the 25th.

The snow on the ground at sea level had already melted by after breaky picture taking time.
 

Gimped

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The weather is so unpredictable!
We just spent a week in the central plateau and it was the wettest we have ever seen it for mid-late summer.
2 years before we were snowed on in early ?Feb.

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