FEARS ARE growing that Donegal will be snowbound again this week with up to six inches of snow being forecast for this Thursday – and not enough grit to keep the roads open.
More freezing temperatures overnight left many secondary roads dangerous this morning.
But it is this Thursday’s forecast which could be devastating for normal life, especially in the run-up to Christmas. The snowstorm due to hit in 48 hours may close schools across the North West.
Businesses have already been hit hard by two weeks of the Big Chill, only catching up last weekend when there were record days for many shops.
However schools could be closed again this Friday and in to next week if the forecasters have got it right.
And for once when it comes to Donegal both the Northern forecasters and the southern forecasters are in agreement that there will be substantial wintry showers this Thursday evening.
They will be accompanied by very strong winds and thunder.
More of the same is being predicted for Friday – with temperatures of around -6C overnight on Friday.
Meanwhile councils across Ireland are appealing to the National Roads Authority for more grit to treat our roads network.
There are fears once again that Donegal will be left short – which may mean the council may not grit the roads to later on Saturday and Sunday.