Weather warning issued for snow and high winds (and even lightning!)

NEWS

 January 9, 2017
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THERE is no sign of a weather warning from Met Eireann yet – but the BBC in the North and the UK Met Office have issued a double warning for snow and high winds from Wednesday evening – with more to follow on Thursday.

Snow showers are expected to develop from Wednesday evening lasting into Thursday. These, combined with strong winds, could lead to locally very poor travel conditions – with Donegal covered in the map warnings.

“Be aware of the potential for disruption to transport due to lying and blowing snow
cold air originating over Arctic Canada will affect the area from Wednesday evening through Thursday, bringing snow showers and strong winds,” says the forecaster.

“Wind gusts up to 55 mph are expected in exposed coastal areas and on hills in association with snow showers, leading to temporary blizzard conditions.

“As well as reduced visibility, 2-5 cm of snow could accumulate anywhere within the warning area, with 10-20 cm possible above 300m.

“Lightning may accompany the heaviest showers, with potential disruption to power supplies as a consequence.”

A thaw will begin on Saturday with milder air expected over the north west from Sunday.