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Multiple weather warnings issued

weatheralertclareheraldA triple weather alert is in place for County Clare over the next 48 hours with Met Éireann forecasting further snow and ice, followed by storm force winds and heavy rain.

An Orange Alert is in place for County Clare in relation to wintry, thundery showers of hail, sleet and snow today and overnight with snow accumulations of 4 to 8 cm.

Meanwhile, Clare County Council says it has received notification from Met Eireann warning that a severe storm will develop to affect Western fringe counties including Clare from approximately midday tomorrow, Wednesday until mid-morning on Thursday.

Wind gusts of up to 130km/hr are likely to prevail over the period and the storm will also incorporate periods of significant rainfall.

“While the entire county will be affected, the most extreme impacts are likely to be along the coastline. The advice is not to venture out or to drive on exposed roads while these conditions prevail,” said the Council.

Southerly winds of mean speeds of 65 to 80 km/h with gusts of 110 to 130 km/h will develop on Wednesday afternoon and will continue through the night, when they will veer west to southwest. Strongest winds will be along the coast. Winds will start to ease off later on Thursday morning.

More than an inch of rain has also been forecast for Wednesday. Heavy rain on Wednesday afternoon and evening will start to clear early on Wednesday night. Rainfall totals of 25 to 35 mm are expected, according to Met Éireann’s Yellow Rain Alert.

Tomorrow's storm system. Image ogimet.com

Tomorrow’s storm system. Image ogimet.com

Latest wind speed gusts from Storm Rachel Wed 21GMT.  Image www.theweatheroutlook.com

Latest wind speed gusts from Storm Rachel Wed 21GMT. Image http://www.theweatheroutlook.com

Meanwhile, Irish Weather Online is also forecasting a continuation of the present period of disturbed weather, with colder weather set to return following Storm Rachel tomorrow.

In its latest forecast, Irish Weather Online states that a much colder pool of air could reach Irish shores from Scandinavia next week.

Irish Weather Online forecast:

WEDNESDAY … Stormy at times as winds increase from south around mid-day to reach 80-120 km/hr, periods of rain becoming heavy, some embedded thunderstorms. Highs near 8 C.

WEDNESDAY NIGHT into THURSDAY MORNING will continue very windy after perhaps a brief lull in some parts of the south and east, with the strongest winds now felt from Clare to Donegal and some distance inland, westerly around 90-140 km/hr. Some tree damage is likely. Elsewhere, wind speeds will be 80-120 km/hr but lower in some sheltered inland districts. Rain may turn to sleet, hail or snow as temperatures gradually fall off from about 6 C in the evening to 2 C by morning.

THURSDAY will continue windy and cold with passing wintry showers, some accumulations of snow on hills mainly, and winds WNW 50-80 km/hr for most, after a morning peak still around 110 km/hr in the north. Highs 4-6 C.

FRIDAY to SUNDAY will be a cold, generally bright period with passing wintry showers, some risk of accumulating snows on hills, and sharp morning frosts, lows near -2 C and highs 3-7 C. This may lead to some poor driving conditions in parts of the inland north in particular and higher areas elsewhere.

MONDAY could see a brief return to rain and near normal temperatures of about 7 C then turning colder again with mixed wintry precipitation …

FURTHER OUTLOOK … then, the Atlantic appears to be losing a battle with the arctic for control of this sector of the atmosphere and by next week, colder air masses from Scandinavia may be trying to push back the frontal zone and direct cold, possibly snow-producing northeast winds towards Ireland. The chances are greater that this will reach Britain and perhaps stall for a time around east Ulster leaving other parts of Ireland in slightly above freezing transitional air masses with mixed sleety precipitation, but if the fronts do eventually push far enough south and west, snow could develop. Different models have different rates of forward movement for this colder air so trying to specify what day(s) it might snow is difficult, the chances seem to increase moving forward.

This image from http://www.wetterzentrale.de shows a cold northeasterly over Ireland and Britain

This image from http://www.wetterzentrale.de shows a cold northeasterly over Ireland and Britain

This air pressure reading from the 00z ECM shows colder air pushing west across the continent towards Ireland and Britain

This air pressure reading from the 00z ECM shows colder air pushing west across the continent towards Ireland and Britain

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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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