Ireland is set for yet more cold weather over the coming days and there is even the possibility of snow. The country has experienced unusually cold weather over the last few weeks. Limerick was hit by temperatures around -3 and -4C, with some icy patches on roads and footpaths.
Sub-zero temperatures are expected again from Wednesday night, through Thursday and possibly into the weekend. Met Éireann has issued warnings about sleet and snow, though Limerick looks set to avoid the worst of it.
Wednesday is expected to see highs of 13C – a relatively mild day for Ireland. However, the cold will set in over the next two days, reaching 3C on Thursday and falling to -3C on Friday night.
Irish media are reporting a ‘risk’ from a sudden change in the weather. The few days of severe cold have been dubbed a ‘polar low’ and an ‘Arctic blast’ by commentators. However, Met Éireann has not yet issued a weather warning, though it may do so at any time.
The cold will be accompanied by rain, gusty and ‘bitterly cold’ winds heading in a north and northwest direction. The risk of snow will increase as the barometer dips to between 1C and –2C on Friday and over the weekend.
Friday looks to be the worst day, as sleet, snow and rain showers are predicted. Friday evening will see a further dip in temperatures, possibly resulting in severe frost and icy patches. However, conditions are set to improve by Sunday with highs of 6C.
The chances of a white Christmas remain slim, with Met Éireann suggesting that while there is a possibility of snow in some areas, this will be brief and will give way to rain and sleet. Met Éireann said that snow may fall late Thursday and early Friday and “it looks like rain will spread from the west on Saturday night and will turn to snow for a time as it meets the cold air.”
During the recent cold snap, Limerick City and County Council was quick to issue advice and to assure the public that plans are in place for gritting roads if conditions worsened. Gritting has not been necessary yet this winter as only small patches of ice have affected Limerick.
The UK may experience the worst of the cold conditions. Forecasters are predicting up to 8 inches of snow in some parts of Britain and lows of -8C.
Limerick’s milder climate means the city and county might see no snow at all.