Snow back on Thursday
Just as Donegal was coming out of an unseasonal spell of early winter snow and frost, Met ireann reported that severe winter weather will be back again later this week.
Met Eireann meteorologist Pat Clarke said that a weather front coming in from the north means that Donegal can expect some snow later this week, on Thursday, Friday "and probably Saturday, too."
But it's cold out already: Council road crews were called out yesterday evening and were expected to be out again this morning to grit county roads, and the council's water section is continuing its appeal to the public to conserve water.
Mr. Clarke said the Met Eireann forecast predicts the worst of the weather will arrive on Thursday, but he said the coming freeze will probably continue over the weekend and into next week. He said temperatures could drop as low as minus 10 degrees at night on Thursday and over the weekend.
The meteorologist said that it will be very frosty at night-time, though he said that an anticipated mixture of clear weather and cloud over Ireland means "quite a mixed bag".
He said the end of the week will see very cold temperatures, and accumulations of snow could mean "very hazardous conditions out of doors, with snow and ice". Mr. Clarke said it will also be very windy on Thursday and breezy on Friday, which could lead to drifting at high ground. Snowfall will be patchy and broken on the weekend with more dry periods, but temperatures will remain very low, he said.
And though there will be less in the way of precipitation continuing into early next week, the weather will remain cold and frosty, Mr. Clarke said.
The council water services section has reported a continued increase in demand on a number of water supplies over the winter freeze, and the council has attributed the rise to taps left running, to burst mains that have not been located and to leakages in private properties. Water conservation will help save water stored in reservoirs and avoid further shortages, according to a statement from the council's water services.
A council spokesperson said the council roads section was monitoring the weather and the condition of Donegal roads and will continue to call out crews for road gritting as needed. The spokesperson said the council lorries were using pure salt to grit roads on Monday, though last week the council was using a 50-50 mix of grit and salt to make the council's salt supplies go further. The National Roads Authority is co-ordinating the national supply of road salt and allocating deliveries to local authorities.
Donegal County Council has also been making sand and grit available to the public through area offices.
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