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Weather warning for the west

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ACTION REPLAY AHEAD? Pat McGuinness clearing snow from a road with his tractor and transport box near Claremorris during last month's cold snap. Pic: Keith Heneghan


Anton McNulty


THE west of Ireland is to be hit hard with cold weather after Met Éireann issued a weather warning for snow and heavy winds in the coming days.
A polar air mass is to bring cold and some heavy wintry showers to much of the country for the coming days, with Mayo and other western countries expected to be the worst hit.
Met Éireann issued a status yellow warning yesterday (Monday) for snow showers which will affect Ulster and Connacht counties.
They stated that some accumulations of snow are likely, especially in northern and western areas and over hills elsewhere, along with some slippery conditions.
A wind warning was also issued for Donegal, Galway, Leitrim, Mayo, Sligo, Clare, Cork, Kerry and Limerick with westerly winds to reach mean winds speeds of 60 to 65km per hour and gusts of 100 to 110km per hour at times. Met Éireann warned that this afternoon and evening, winds may exceed these speeds particularly in exposed coastal areas. The weather warnings are in place until tomorrow morning. Very high seas are also expected, raising the spectre of coastal flooding – particularly in light of expected torrential downpours tomorrow afternoon and evening.
Falls of sleet and snow are to expected on lower levels at times today, with temperatures only reaching as high as four degrees Celsius.
“It will be windy throughout the week, but there is the potential for a period of very strong winds on Wednesday night and for a time on Thursday,” Met Éireann said.

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