Latest Weather Forecast
SEVERE WEATHER WARNING UPDATE & FORECAST:
LOW TEMPERATURES, ICY ROADS & SNOWFALL:
Today Monday will be a very reasonable day across the Midlands with all areas expecting to see some pleasant winter sunshine. There will be one or two cloudier intervals also and the slight risk of the odd light shower in the very North and West of the region. Highs today will range between 6 and 8 degrees Celsius.
Tomorrow Tuesday will be a cloudier day overall with a risk of some light rain and drizzle at times especially across Roscommon,Longford and West Offaly. Further south and east conditions will remain reasonably dry throughout with some hazy sunshine likely.Highs will again range between 6 and 9 degrees Celsius.
Wednesday will see a major change in weather conditions across the Midlands as a reasonably mild South Westerly airflow becomes replaced by a very unstable, but very cold North Westerly airflow. Heavy showers will become widespread throughout Wednesday and will gradually turn more wintry as the day progresses. Snow is likely to occur on the high ground of the North for much of the day. Temperatures will fall away through Wednesday with afternoon highs reaching no better than 3 or 4 degrees Celsius in a biting North Westerly breeze.
Overnight Wednesday and into Thursday the showers are likely to turn to snow for all areas with some accumulations likely in many areas of the region. Counties Roscommon, Cavan, Longford and North Westmeath may see up to 5 cm locally by Thursday morning. Further South and East there will be smaller accumulations likely ranging between 2 or 3 cm. Frost and ice will also be an issue on Wednesday night, extreme caution is advised while travelling.
Thursday & Friday will be bitterly cold days across the region with temperatures struggling to reach above freezing in many locations. Afternoon highs will reach no better than 2 or 3 degrees Celsius. Further heavy showers of sleet and snow are likely in many Northern and Western areas of the Midlands with further accumulations possible in all areas. Northern and Western areas however will always see the heaviest falls of snow given the prevailing wind direction. Some accumulations of snow are possible further South and East also. Overnight frosts will be severe in many areas with ice likely to be a major issue on the roads.
Saturday & Sunday will continue in much the same way as Thursday and Friday. Western and Northern areas will continue to see scattered heavy wintry showers with accumulations possible. Further South and East the showers are expected to be far less frequent and heavy. Overnight frosts will continue to be a problem in all areas with icy conditions expected on all untreated roads. Current indications suggest that the early days of next week will continue rather cold but possibly more settled, at least up until midweek.
Again it would be advisable to check up on any elderly or house bound neighbours during the cold spell to ensure they are coping well. Do take care if you are travelling during the forecast period and always drive with caution.
I will continue to keep you updated as the forecast becomes clearer.
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