October 18, 2021

BIG FREEZE: Winter is coming, bringing hail, sleet, frost and maybe snow

Temperatures are set to plummet this week, with outbreaks of hail, sleet, frost and the possibility of snow.

Britain is bracing itself for snowstorms this week, and Met Éireann has warned winter is well and truly coming to Waterford and the rest of the country.

We may escape the snow, but the outlook from the national forecaster is for cold and unsettled weather with rain or showers over the coming days, though there are some dry sunny periods expected towards the end of the week.

It will be a very cold week, with hail and sleet as well as freezing nights. Tomorrow night into Thursday looks most likely to bring the coldest wintry weather.

Met Éireann said: “Outbreaks of rain and sleet will continue overnight across much of the country with a risk of some wintry falls on higher ground (on Wednesday night). Cold with widespread frost and lows of -1 to 2 degrees. Breezy with moderate to fresh northerly breezes.”

Today will be cold and mainly clear at first, with some showers affect northwestern and eastern coasts. Cloud will increase from the west bringing patchy rain along Atlantic coasts towards dawn. Overnight lows of 1 to 4 degrees, in mostly moderate westerly winds.

Tomrorow will begin dry and bright in Waterford and the South East, but rain will spread across the country from the west through the afternoon. The rain will be heavy and persistent and may turn to sleet in places, especially over high ground. The rain will clear to showers in the west later in the day, with a risk of hail and thunder there. Cold with highest temperatures of just 5 to 8 degrees.

There will be further windy conditions on Thursday with outbreaks of rain or sleet in the east, but clearer drier weather will follow from the west later as northerly winds ease.

Shane Doran

Shane Doran is founder and Co-Managing Editor of News Now Media, incorporating KilkennyNow.ie, WaterfordNow.ie and WicklowNow.ie. He is a former newspaper editor who has held senior executive roles across five national newspaper titles, both broadsheet and tabloid. He was News Editor and Executive Editor of the Irish Independent for more than seven years and spent a number of years in South Africa where he worked as editor of The Daily Voice newspaper. Shane has held senior editorial position with The Sunday Independent, The Herald and The Irish Daily Star and has served as Executive Editor (Group) of Independent News & Media (INM), Ireland’s largest newspaper group.

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