Thursday 22 February 2018

More snow gives thrill-seekers chance to head off-piste

Independent.ie reader Bren Whelan sent us this snowy snap, writing; 'It was good enough 4 snowshoes y'terday in #Inishowen #donegal Maybe be good for skis 2day?!'
Independent.ie reader Bren Whelan sent us this snowy snap, writing; 'It was good enough 4 snowshoes y'terday in #Inishowen #donegal Maybe be good for skis 2day?!'
The shores of Lough Derg (Sent in by Independent.ie readers @ClareVirtually)
Linda Bateman sent Independent.ie this snap from outside her front window this morning
Hollyhill, Cork is covered in snow this morning (Photo: @Weedabixxx)
Con Berkery sends us this snap from Toomevara, Co Tipperary this morning
Toomevara, Co Tipperary at 5am this morning. It was an early start for Con Berkery!
Is that a dusting of white in Clane, Co Kildare? Thanks @spgibson1973
Eilish sent Independent.ie this snap from Dundrum, Co Tipperary
Nicola Anderson

Nicola Anderson

Temperatures plummeted to -5c overnight and the country can expect the cold to continue with scattered wintry showers today.

Met Eireann report widespread frost this morning, as well as rain on Atlantic coasts falling as sleet or snow further inland.

Some may even have woken up to another winter wonderland this morning as there is snow reported in areas Fermoy, Mitchelstown and Mallow in north Cork as well as parts of Kerry, Limerick and Tipperary.

Conor Pass in Co Kerry has been closed until further notice.

Meanwhile, AA Roadwatch warn motorists to take care this morning as some areas, notably Drogheda, experience freezing fog.

"Use your fog lights if needed but switch them off afterwards," they advised drivers.

The snowy peaks of the Mourne Mountains at Spelga Dam on Saturday 31st of January
The snowy peaks of the Mourne Mountains at Spelga Dam on Saturday 31st of January

And it was in surroundings, not unlike those of the Alps, that Irish snowboarder Niall Carroll from Dundalk, Co Louth enjoyed in the Mourne Mountains, Co Down at the weekend.

The only thing missing from his epic Irish winter sports adventure were the ski lifts.

Eilish sent Independent.ie this snap from Dundrum, Co Tipperary
Eilish sent Independent.ie this snap from Dundrum, Co Tipperary

Niall captured some stirring images from the top of the mountains.

It was an hour's hike to the top in exchange for a mere two minutes' exhilarating ride down - but it was worth it, he said.

The 37-year-old website developer with Aquaweb accompanied two friends into the mountains over the weekend. And providing an obliging lift to the top was his Samoyed Husky dog, Buddy.

"I have a harness for him and he was a real help when hiking because the snow was waist-high in parts," he revealed.

And with a fresh dump of snow expected on higher ground over the course of today, Niall is anticipating another chance for snowboarding next weekend.

Met Eireann's forecast for today sees a cold start with frost, ice and wintry showers in places.

The showers will tend to hit the western and northern coastal areas, which will be hit by rain and sleet, while the rest of the country will see brighter and drier conditions.

It will remain very cold for the rest of the week, with frosty nights but mainly dry, with further snow possible on Thursday.

A Mountain Rescue spokesperson called on people heading into the mountains to be "as self-sufficient and as informed as possible".

It had five call-outs so far this year, the latest being a woman who suffered a badly twisted ankle when she was out walking near Crone Wood, in Co Wicklow, last Sunday.

Irish Independent

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