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Met Éireann issues Orange Alert for snow

SOMETHING WICKED THIS WAY COMES: Overlooking White Strand, Doonbeg. Photo Maureen Tevlin

Something wicked this way comes – overlooking White Strand, Doonbeg, C Clare on Sunday. Photo Maureen Tevlin

Ireland is set to be battered by more strong gales as well as wintry showers of hail, sleet and snow this week.

Met Éireann tonight issued an Orange Alert for snow and ice in Clare, Connacht, Cavan, Donegal, Cork, Kerry, Limerick and Tipperary.

Wintry showers will spread east tonight and are likely to give a covering of snow of up to 8cm in places. Icy patches will form in any locations escaping snow showers. Further snow showers and similar accumulations will occur during the day on Tuesday and on Tuesday night.

Forecasters are warning that following a weekend of stormy conditions up and down the west coast, County Clare is set to see further extremely windy conditions late on Wednesday and during the first half of Thursday.

Met Éireann also says Wednesday night will be very windy or stormy with very strong and gusty westerly winds.

Irish Weather Online meanwhile, has suggested that we could see a repeat of Storm Darwin on February 12th 2014 when thousands of trees were felled and large swathes of Clare were left without power for days.

The UK Met Office has also issued storm warnings for much of England and Northern Ireland.

UKMO forecast shows low pressure pushing east across Ireland. Forecasters and the media are already referring to the weather system as Storm Rachel.

UKMO forecast shows low pressure pushing east across Ireland. Forecasters and the media are already referring to the weather system as Storm Rachel.

Seas are expected to be rough on Wednesday with a large swell forecast.

Waves could reach over 40 ft in height during Wednesday as the storm system tracks closer to the west coast of Ireland.

See the below image from magicseaweed.

swell
Before and after Wednesday night’s storm, scattered wintry showers are expected with some accumulations likely on higher ground across County Clare.

The cool down begins on Monday afternoon as highs of 6-7c drop to 3-4c before dropping further overnight Monday and during Tuesday.

The clear dividing line between the current milder airmass and much colder air can be seen in the SW-NE line in this image from EUMETSAT at 9am Monday. The blue/purple colours represent colder air

The clear dividing line between the current milder airmass and much colder air can be seen in the SW-NE line in this image from EUMETSAT at 9am Monday. The blue/purple colours represent colder air

There will be scattered sleet, hail and snow showers on higher ground away from exposed coasts with hail and sleet showers expected at lower levels.

Wednesday’s storm system will see any wintry precipitation turn back to rain briefly before further wintry showers push east across the County during Thursday and into the weekend.

The below GFS chart from wetter3.de shows the projected snow accumulation levels for early Wednesday.

The forecast totals (CM) are likely to only pertain only to higher ground however.

Snow

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About Mark Dunphy

Founder and Editor of The Clare Herald, Mark Dunphy is a native of Connolly in County Clare. Mark also operates Dunphy PR.

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