Monday 21 January 2019

Orange weather warning as 'wintry episode' paints the weekend white

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Wayne O'Connor

Wayne O'Connor

Snow and ice are expected to accumulate in many parts of the country today with weather forecasters and gardai urging people to pay heed to dangerous conditions.

Met Eireann has issued two weather warnings and urged people to be cautious.

A status yellow alert has been issued for the whole country and will remain in place until tomorrow morning. Conditions are expected to remain cold over the bank holiday weekend with temperatures set to plummet to -4 degrees.

A more serious orange weather warning has been issued for the east, with counties Dublin, Kildare, Louth, Wexford, Wicklow, Meath and Waterford expected to be the worst affected by a cold weather front nicknamed 'The Son of The Beast'.

While not as serious as the 'Beast from the East' earlier this month, the cold front will bring scattered heavy snow showers and lead to accumulations in places. There is also a threat of snow drifts in some areas.

The orange warning will remain in place until lunchtime today.

Gardai have also issued an appeal to the public to remain vigilant in tricky conditions.

Met Eireann forecaster Liz Gavin said strong winds in the coming days will bring a significant chill.

"Those areas included in the orange warning will see the heaviest snow showers," she said. "Overnight on Sunday in to Monday we are going to see temperatures dropping down to -3 and -4 in places. There will also be some widespread frost overnight and this will create some treacherous road conditions, especially after the snow showers."

She said the weather will not be as severe as the snow storms brought about by Storm Emma and 'the Beast from the East'.

"Then we had a storm coming up from the Bay of Biscay meeting with much colder air over the country. This event is actually made up of snow showers coming in off the Irish sea. It is going to be a wintry episode."

The snow brought travel woes for hundreds of people yesterday. Some 12 flights at Dublin Airport were cancelled because of the weather, including 10 to and from Heathrow. None of these hit supporters travelling to Ireland's Six Nations clash with England in Twickenham yesterday. More than 70 flights to and from the London airport were cancelled yesterday because of the weather and poor forecasts.

Sunday Independent

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