Saturday 24 February 2018

Motorists warned to be wary of floods after stormy weather sweeps country

The Met Éireann rainfall radar at 9am this morning
The Met Éireann rainfall radar at 9am this morning

Alan O’Keeffe

HEAVY rain and squally winds that left parts of the country flooded overnight began to fade this morning but a frosty weekend is on the cards.

Extreme gusts hit several parts overnight as high winds moved eastwards and motorists have been advised to drive with caution after roads were flooded in Tipperary, Wicklow, Meath and Cork.

The ‘squall line’ arrived on the east coast early today with storm force winds on the Irish Sea but by dawn the worst was over in most places.

Ten millimetres of rain an hour fell during the worst periods of the high winds.

This afternoon's meeting at Thurles has fallen victim to the weather and has been cancelled due to a waterlogged track.

But while the high winds have dissipated, temperatures are set to drop over the weekend with a Met Eireann forecaster advising people to wrap up warm.

The weather is expected to be very mixed at the weekend with temperatures decidedly cooler, dropping to minus three is some areas, after a relatively mild week.

Tonight, heavy showers in places will become confined to coastal counties of the west and northwest tonight. Most other areas are expected to be dry and clear with some grass frost in parts of the midlands, east and south.

It will be cold and bright tomorrow with sunny spells but heavy rain and hail showers also , mostly through the western half of the country, but some scattered ones in eastern areas in the afternoon.

Generally, it will be colder through the weekend and especially next week as north to northeast winds set in.

Tomorrow night will be dry and very cold with air temperatures falling to between 0 and -3 degrees, resulting in a widespread sharp or severe frost and risk of some icy patches on untreated surfaces.

Saturday will be cold and bright with sunny spells at first and frost and patchy fog clearing. While many areas will hold dry through the day, it will get windy and overcast through much of Munster and south Leinster with heavy rain developing in these parts by evening.

It will be windy with heavy rain on Saturday night mostly in the south and east with some colder clearer weather in northwest and some frost.

On Sunday, rain in parts of the northeast or east will clear quickly in the morning and the day will be cold and mostly dry with a few showers.

The early days of next week will be cold and breezy with fresh north to northeast winds with sunny spells in most places. Temperatures are expected to be below normal with night frosts expected in spite of the breeze.

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