Thursday 21 September 2017

More winter woe for public as snow returns

A woman crosses a road in heavy snow in Cavan
A woman crosses a road in heavy snow in Cavan
A delivery man works in heavy snow near Antrim town
Allison Bray

Allison Bray

ARCTIC weather conditions are fighting off the approach of spring.

More snow is forecast for parts of the country today as wintry conditions are expected to persist until Easter Monday.

Much of the country woke up to more winter woe yesterday as heavy snowfalls were reported across Donegal, Cavan, Monaghan, Westmeath, Leitrim and Meath.

And the last blast of winter isn't over yet with further snowfalls predicted in these areas.

AA Roadwatch was warning motorists to avoid such areas last night due to heavy snowfalls and slushy conditions, especially on higher ground.

Widespread rain and poor visibility due to frequent snow showers were also making driving conditions treacherous in many areas of the country yesterday. More rain, sleet and hail showers can also be expected today.

Temperatures

Although the sun is expected to make a brief appearance with bright spells across much of the country today, the cold snap will persist throughout the day as well as tomorrow.

Temperatures are not expected to climb higher than between 4-9C and strong north-westerly winds later in the day will only add to the bitterly cold conditions, said meteorologist Aidan McNulty.

Meanwhile, Good Friday will see heavy, persistent rain across much of the country due to another low pressure system coming in off the Atlantic.

This will bring a lot of heavy showers, cloud and generally cold conditions throughout the Easter weekend including Easter Monday, he said.

Despite the recent spate of spring-like weather, the current cold snap isn't particularly unusual, he added.

"It wouldn't be common to get such cold weather at Easter but we haven't broken any records," he said. "There's no particular reason for it. We're just in a bad patch now."

Irish Independent

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