Tuesday 14 August 2018

OUTLOOK: Wintry showers will now run into the weekend - here is the forecast for the coming days

The Beast from the East is due to meet Storm Emma over Ireland today bringing blizzard like conditions - but what does the forecast for the coming days look like?

A snowman on a bench in Dublin Photo: PA
A snowman on a bench in Dublin Photo: PA
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With Storm Emma and the polar front dubbed 'The Beast from The East' due to meet Ireland on Thursday bringing blizzard-like conditions a Status Red weather warning has been issued for the entire country. But what can we expect when the storm clears?

Thursday

Met Éireann forecaster Evelyn Cusack said the "clash zone" where Storm Emma will meet Arctic temperatures, the so-called 'Beast from the East', is over Ireland which prompted the Red warning.

Speaking on RTE's Morning Ireland, Ms Cusacksaid that there are "exceptionally" low temperatures expected today.

"It's going to be -6C or -7C and there will be wind chill effects. The lowest temperatures will be in the west and north-west. A lot of snow showers have been pushing westwards from the Irish sea."

Ms Cusack said there will be freezing conditions throughout the day.

"The warning is for the low temperatures and snow showers are more widespread, and so it's the combination of these wintry conditions that has led to status Red conditions.

Birds in the snow. Photo credit: Dave Keegan Photography
Birds in the snow. Photo credit: Dave Keegan Photography
Dog shaking off the snow. Photo credit: Dave Keegan Photography
Monkstown Beach captured in the snow. Pic: Stephen O'Rourke
Daisey the dog [4] plays in the snow at St Mary's quadrangle at Maynooth University. Picture Credit: Frank Mc Grath 28/2/18
People walk along a snow covered road in Maynooth. Picture Credit: Frank Mc Grath 28/2/18
Jaspret Kaur at the Irish War Memorial Gardens. Pic: Jaspreet Kaur
Man and girl take shelter during a snow flurry in Maynooth. Picture Credit: Frank Mc Grath 28/2/18
Five year old Jane Argue from Maynooth plays in the snow at St Mary's quadrangle at Maynooth University. Picture Credit: Frank Mc Grath 28/2/18
A lady clears the footpath outside her shop in Maynooth. Picture Credit: Frank Mc Grath 28/2/18
Dawn Byrne from Wexford photographs the snow at St Mary's quadrangle at Maynooth University. Picture Credit:Frank Mc Grath 28/2/18
Denis Hogan from Kildare County Council spreads some grit on the footpaths in Maynooth . Picture Credit:Frank Mc Grath 28/2/18
Sheep at Huntstown Co Dublin keeping an eye out for the ‘Beast from the East’ . Pic: Steve Humphreys 28th February 2018
A raven finds the snow a little deeper than anticipated in Dunboyne. Picture Credit: Frank Mc Grath 28/2/18
A road sign that says it all as the ‘Beast from the East’ moves in. Pic Steve Humphreys 28th February 2018
Geese enjoy the winter conditions at Shankill Castle and Gardens in Paulstown, Co. Kilkenny. Picture: Tony Gavin 28/2/2018
Snow falls on rooftops in Kilkenny City. Picture: Tony Gavin 28/2/2018
Snow falls on Kilkenny Castle during blizzard conditions in Kilkenny City. Picture: Tony Gavin 28/2/2018
Snow falls on a hurling statue during blizzard conditions in Kilkenny City. Picture: Tony Gavin 28/2/2018
Ducks on a frozen pond in Rathcoole, Co. Dublin. Picture credit; Damien Eagers 28/2/2018
Pip enjoying the snow in Mullingar. Sent in by Sighle Fitzgerald
The military graveyard at the Curragh in Kildare. Pic sent in by Susan Coffey
28 Feb 2018: Dog enjoys the snow. Lanesborough Park, Finglas, Dublin. Picture: Caroline Quinn
28 Feb 2018: Tylor Buckley, 12, enjoys the snow in Lanesborough Park, Finglas, Dublin. Picture: Caroline Quinn
(L-R) Ethan Gray, Tom Eagers, 2, Olivia Gray, 7 and Caroline Gray, enjoying the snow in Rathcoole, Co. Dublin. Picture credit: Damien Eagers 28/2/2018
Allie and Ciall Flynn enjoying the snow and the day off school in Slane, Co Meath. Picture By David Conachy.
Enjoying the snow and the day off school in Slane, Co Meath. Picture By David Conachy.
Sisters Rhianna and Jodie Binns with their dog ‘Milo’ walking through the snow in Donabate. Pic Steve Humphreys 28th February 2018
Fiachra O’Mahony and his dog “Millie’ out for a walk along the sea at Portrane North Co. Dublin. Pic Steve Humphreys 28th February 2018
Maria Connor from Portrane out playing in the snow with her Springer Spaniel Cross dogs ‘Lucky’ and ‘Toffee’. Pic Steve Humphreys 28th February 2018
Fiachra O’Mahony and his dog “Millie’ out for a walk along the sea at Portrane North Co.Dublin. Pic Steve Humphreys 28th February 2018.
Young boys having fun with a giant snowball in Donabate. Pic Steve Humphreys 28th February 2018
Ballyedmonduff, Dublin Mountains Photo: Lisa Doyle
Glendalough, Co Wicklow Photo: Cillian Ó Gairbhí
Trim Castle Photo: Conor O'Mahony
Drumcondra this morning Photo: Krishna
Greystones, Co Wicklow
Mullingar, Co Westmeath
Oscar enjoying his first experience of snow at the Community Park in Carrigaline Co. Cork Picture David Creedon / Anzenberger
Lucan, Dublin
Carlow
Wicklow
Snow Day....Lindsey O'Byrne and her Partner Shane Satelle with their Children Scott(7),Robyn(4) and Hallie (2) enjoying the snow in Tallaght Picture: Kyran O'Brien
Swans swim on the frozen Grand Canal in Sallins, Co. Kildare Picture: Tony Gavin 28/2/2018
Nutgrove, Dublin
Dagmara Jakkububowicz from Carrigaline walks her dog Bubu around the pond in the Community Park in Carrigaline Co. Cork Picture David Creedon / Anzenberger
Templemore, Co Tipperary
The Curragh
Glendalough, Co Wicklow Photo: Cillian Ó Gairbhí
Glendalough, Co Wicklow Photo: Cillian Ó Gairbhí
The Irish War Memorial Park Photo: Emma Fenlon (Dublin)
A man on his way to work walks through Glasnevin cemetery in Dublin Photo: Brian Lawless/PA Wire
Phoenix Park, Dublin
Having fun in North Dublin as storm Emma hits Ireland Pic:Mark Condren
Dublin Airport
Commuters make their way in the snow in Lucan, Co. Dublin this morning Picture Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin.
Poolbeg
Commuters make their way in the snow in Lucan, Co. Dublin this morning Picture Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin.

"The 4pm warning is countrywide because the initial part of Storm Emma is going to hit the south-east first. It will then hit the rest of the country later in the day. It's 4pm starting in the east and then expanding north throughout the country.

"Windy conditions and gale force winds will last for 24 hours because Storm Emma is gradually pushing up. We're going to be in this gale force easterly gradient for 24 hours and the snow and freezing rain will be with us in various stages across the country from this evening and tomorrow."

Friday

The red alert is in place until until 3pm on Friday and there will be further snow falls, which will turn to rain in the south.

The strong storm winds will continue off the south coast bringing the risk of coastal flooding there. The risk of thunder continues in the south, particularly in the morning.

Saturday

Met Éireann has said that the snow will continue until the weekend, including some wintry showers on Saturday.

But there will be some brighter weather on Saturday with dry spells developing.

The fresh easterly winds will ease for a time but it will remain cold with temperatures from only 1C in the east and up to 4 or 5C in the west, coldest over lying snow. The temperatures on Saturday night will be very low again, down to -5C Met Éireann said.

Sunday

There'll be rain, sleet and snow showers on Sunday and Monday along eastern and northeastern coasts with temperatures still very low for the time of year.

The winds will gradually ease, becoming light by Monday.

Next week:

Cold conditions are expected to persist with light to moderate east to northeast winds and isolated wintry showers.

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