Wednesday 17 January 2018

Arctic bite here for week with minus 13C blizzard conditions

Paul Melia

Paul Melia

WRAP up warmly for the next few days -- it's going to be cold and snowy for at least the next week.

Met Eireann warned last night of record snowfall over the coming days, with temperatures likely to plummet to minus 13C. And the bitter spell is set to continue.

Forecaster Pat Clarke said there was no sign of a thaw, with freezing fog and record snowfall expected.

"The cold snap will continue into the week and into the weekend. There are no signs of a thaw," he warned.


"There will be frost every night, complicated by showers of hail, sleet and snow.

"There will be a longer spell of sleet and significant snowfall, with temperatures falling between minus 2C and minus 9C, with ground temperatures falling as low as minus 13C.

"The high risk areas are in east Leinster, where between 5-10cm (2-4 inches) of snow will fall. Louth and Dublin could see 10-20cm (4-8 inches) and it could be higher in the Wicklow mountains.

"The eastern third of Ireland is most at risk, but Cork, Kerry and Ulster will also be affected.''

Today is expected to see more heavy snow showers, particularly in the east of the country, however, all counties are at risk.

It will be dry and sunny, but a strengthening northeasterly wind will create blizzard conditions along the south and east coast.

There will be top temperatures of between minus 1C and 2C during the day.

Tomorrow and Thursday will remain bitterly cold, with daytime temperatures not rising above freezing across most of the country.

Temperatures as low as minus 8C are expected tomorrow night -- dropping even lower on Thursday.

Irish Independent

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