Saturday 23 February 2019

Cold snap on the way to replace storm winds

The storms hit Galway hard
The storms hit Galway hard

Storm gusts which caused travel chaos across the south-west are set to give way to another spell of colder weather.

Met Eireann warned that temperatures will plummet, with most areas facing a risk of frost and black ice from this evening.

Temperatures will sink to -4C in some inland areas tomorrow.

Gardai and the Road Safety Authority (RSA) urged people to drive with care, given that the colder conditions will hit roads still suffering waterlogging from Storm Eleanor.

The "mini storm" that swept over Ireland yesterday inflicted further misery on commuters.

Wind gusts, some of which reached 110kph off the west Cork coast, caused major travel disruption. Cork Airport had multiple flights cancelled, diverted or delayed.

Nearly 500 passengers were hit by the disruption from yesterday morning.

A Boston-Cork flight was diverted to Shannon due to strong wind gusts and crosswinds. Passengers due to fly from Cork to Boston had to be taken by coach to Shannon.


Two Cork departures, to Amsterdam and Liverpool, were cancelled.

The good news was that Cork, Kerry and Limerick did not experience any further flooding.

However, the violent winds and seas did cause serious damage to an ancient Kerry fort.

Dun Beag, a promontory fort on Dingle's Slea Head tourist route, saw a 10-metre part of its rampant fall into the sea.

Weather-weary commuters now face a return to freezing conditions over the weekend.

From tonight, winds will ease and temperatures will begin to drop, with the coldest part of the freezing spell taking place tomorrow.

"It will be a very cold, bright day with a fresh north-easterly wind in the morning making it feel very raw," a Met Eireann spokesperson said.

"There will be some sunny spells but some wintry showers at times, mainly in coastal counties of the south and east.

"It will be cold, frosty and icy on Saturday night with temperatures in most places ranging from zero to -3 or -4C and the risk of some freezing fog in northern parts."

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