Met Eireann issue THREE weather warnings as miserable conditions continue14th Mar 18 | News
The bad weather looks set to continue for the next few days with Met Eireann issuing three new status yellow weather warnings over the past 24 hours.
The first warning is a wind warning for Leinster, Cork, Tipperary and Waterford and came into effect this morning at 8am and will remain in place until 6pm this evening.
Winds of 50 to 65km/h with gusts between 90 and 100km/h can be expected along southern areas at first and then gradually they will extend to all parts of Leinster by late morning and afternoon.
The second is a rainfall warning for Carlow, Kildare, Kilkenny, Laois, Wexford, Wicklow and Waterford and came into effect at 3am today and will remain in place until 11.59pm tonight.
We can expect periods of heavy rain overnight and on Wednesday will lead to accumulations of 30 to 50mm generally, with some larger amounts on higher ground and some localised flooding.
Finally the third warning is for heavy rainfall Warning for Cork, Kerry, Limerick and Tipperary and was valid from Tuesday at 9pm to Wednesday 3pm.
With fears that the ‘Beast from the East’ is set to return this weekend, TV3 weather man Deric Ó hArtagáin has been keeping an eye on the situation all week and his latest prediction is not good.
Deric has forecast the bank holiday weekend to be bitterly cold and that the snow will return with the East and South East set to get the worst of it on St Patrick’s Day and into Sunday.
So looks like snow will be back for #StPatricksDay Mainly for East & SE once again. Kicking off Sat eve into Sunday; not as bad as last time & it'll be bitterly cold #BeastFromTheEast2 @TV3Ireland @3NewsIreland @IrelandAMTV3 pic.twitter.com/43uvCrSd7D— Deric Ó hArtagáinTV3 (@deric_hartigan) March 13, 2018
Met Eireann have also predicted some snow fall over the weekend but they also told the Irish Sun that it is still too early to accurately predict how much snow to expect.
They said: “It’s not certain exactly what’s going to happen Saturday night, Sunday. We have some information here showing little or no precipitation and we have other charts showing there will be some precipitation in the form of sleet or snow.”
“Until we get closer to the time, we won’t be commenting on any third party information. At the moment we don’t have enough information to solidly base a forecast.”
“It’s going to be cold, that’s for sure, it’s going to be breezy. Our own [weather measurement] models only go 54 hours and so they wouldn’t go as far as Saturday yet.”
“In previous bad weather events, when we had a lot of snow, it was all in unison and all in agreement in advance so we’re waiting until we get more solid information before we make a judgement call on that. That won’t be today or tomorrow.”