SNOWFALL WARNING UPDATE: As expected heavy wintry showers have begun making there way eastwards across the country and are beginning to affect the Midland region through the early hours this morning. These showers look set to continue for the rest of today and overnight into Wednesday. The western half of the region will see the heaviest and most frequent of the showers, however all areas of the Midlands are at risk of seeing some heavy wintry showers. Where these showers do occur accumulations of snow seem likely with western areas at risk of seeing up to 8cm of snowfall, while eastern areas are at risk of seeing in and around 3-4cm of snow. Mountainous areas may see up to 10cm of snowfall occurring in one or two locations.

The River Nore in an icy embrace

Temperatures plummeting across Midlands

Looking at the latest infrared satellite images there seems to be a more organised cluster of wintry showers which is gradually extending from the Atlantic. This cluster of shower activity is something to keep an eye on as it has to potential to bring with it more substantial falls of snow on a local basis. My current thoughts on this area of shower activity is that it will begin to effect western areas of the region between 9:30 and 10:30 this morning, before transferring eastwards across the region by midday.

Given the nature of showers its very hard to predict which areas will see the heaviest of these showers, however where these showers do occur there is the risk of an additional fall of 3-5cm of snowfall on top of the previous figures provided. Extreme caution will be needed on all roads today throughout the Midlands as frost,ice and snow make for some challenging driving conditions. Routes which pass over high ground such as the Slieve Blooms, Cuilcagh, and Curlew mountains will be particularly poor with many roads in these areas partially covered by snow leading to some very dangerous conditions.
I will also be providing an update on tomorrow’s forecast storm at a later stage this afternoon once the final forecast models become available. Stay safe wherever you are across the region and wrap up well. Kindest regards, Cathal. Click here for Cathal’s Midland Weather Channel.