Latest Laois News: Cold snap to hit Laois from this weekend
SEVERE WEATHER ADVISORY
SIGNIFICANT SPELL OF WINTER WEATHER
Please Share. Forecast courtesy of Ireland’s Weather Channel
From the weekend onwards Ireland will enter into a period of unusually cold weather, with winter hazards such as very low temperatures, severe frost, ice and heavy snow becoming common across many areas of the country. As such this severe weather advisory will take a look at the current forecast and assess the potential impacts. From Sunday onwards bitterly cold easterly winds will develop across the country, feeding in an airmass which originated over Scandinavia and Siberia. This exceptionally cold airmass will result in very low temperatures by night, with lows of -6 to -10 quiet possible in some areas.
Daytime values during next week will struggle to get above freezing, with frost and ice a major problem on our roads. Heavy snow is likely along east facing coastal counties of Leinster and parts of the Midlands, with North Wicklow, Dublin, Meath, Lough, Westmeath, Offaly, Laois and Longford being most at risk of seeing heavy snow during the first half of the week. During the second half of the week more generally outbreaks of snow seem possible on a widespread basis with further warnings set to be issued closer to the time.
While it’s difficult to predict potential snowfall depths, it seems highly likely that some parts of Leinster and the Midlands could well see snowfall by the middle of next week in excess of 10 cm, causing some treacherous driving conditions on more rural roads. During the second half of the week it appears as though more widespread heavy falls of snow are likely as warmer moister Atlantic air tries to dislodge the bitterly cold Siberian air which will be firmly in place across the country.
This remains a rather volatile situation as subtle differences in the forecast models will have major impacts on the overall outcome of our weather. However, it seems apparent that we are about to enter into what could possibly be the most severe spell of wintry weather, in terms of duration, since December 2010, with the possibility of snowfall events that could rival that of Storm Emma from March 2018.
I will have further updates throughout the day and over the coming days. Kindest regards, Cathal Nolan