Saturday 16 November 2019

After the storm comes more wild winds and maybe snow

Big blow: Seagulls fly above a stroller on Sandymount Strand yesterday. Photo: Tony Gavin
Big blow: Seagulls fly above a stroller on Sandymount Strand yesterday. Photo: Tony Gavin

Claire Mc Cormack

The worst of the stormy conditions will ease today but return with a vengeance this week with "flurries of snow" possible.

Expect another blustery day of very strong winds and a major drop in temperature tonight.

Twenty-four hours of stormy weather began to ease at dawn yesterday but left 2,000 without power, disrupted high-speed ferry crossings and led to the cancellation of six flights at Dublin airport. ESB crews were still working to restore power to some 300 homes in Donegal, Mayo, Cork and the Monaghan yesterday.

The Leinster rugby team were caught in the wild weather when their flight to Cardiff, ahead of their Pro12 game yesterday, made two aborted landings before diverting to Bristol.

Met Eireann forecaster Pat Clarke said: "It will be very unsettled over the next few days. It's a very windy, blustery period, even in the capital. There's a lot of wet and windy weather at times early this week and also cold weather."

Temperatures will increase slightly today, sunny spells and patchy showers are expected, with temperatures reaching 6-9 degrees in the Midlands, southeast and east.

Strong to gale-force winds are expected overnight. Tomorrow there will be more blustery conditions with sunshine and showers. Highest afternoon temperatures will reach just 3-7 degrees.

Scattered wintry showers of sleet and snow are expected on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Temperatures will drop to just 1-4 degrees. One or two flurries of snow will possibly be making their way to higher ground further east. Wednesday will be wet and windy weather with snow possible.

Sunday Independent

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