Cold Snap to continue

Cold Snap to continue

Cold Snap to continue

During tonight a weak occluded front is expected to cross the country bringing with it a renewed risk of more widespread wintry showers. The bulk of the snow showers will be found once again across Northern areas, although some showers may penetrate far enough inland to reach central and southern areas of the Midlands. Counties such as Roscommon, Cavan, Longford and North Westmeath are most at risk of seeing snowfall. Up to 6 cm of snow is possible in these areas, with isolated falls of 2-3 cm possible further south.

Tomorrow Sunday will be glorious winter’s day across the Midlands with many areas seeing sunshine from sunrise to sunset. It will however be a bitterly cold day with maximum temperatures expected to reach between 1 and 3 degrees Celsius.Frost and ice may persist throughout the day in many areas leading to further dangerous driving conditions.

The River Nore in an icy embrace

Driving conditions across Midlands to be extremely hazardous

Sunday night will be the coldest night of 2015 so far with temperatures expected to dip to as low as -5 or -6 degrees Celsius with a widespread severe frost likely. Again driving conditions are expected to be treacherous. Monday will begin dry, bright and sunny in all areas of the Midlands. During the afternoon however cloud will build from the west in relation to an active occluded front which will cross the region later on Monday evening and overnight.

There is currently the risk that this occluded front,as it hits the cold air in place over Ireland, may well produce a spell of more prolonged snow across a wide area of the Midlands. This however remains tangible as even a slight rise in temperature would turn the snow to sleet and snowfall would not be an issue. I always believe honesty is the best policy and its better to let you know of the finer details and levels of uncertainty surrounding such an event. I will keep you posted as always on any changes to the weather forecast. Enjoy your weekend across the Midlands. Kindest regards, as always. Cathal.

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