Winds and wintry showers on the way

The winds that have buffeted Donegal in recent days are expected to continue, Met Eireann has reported.

The winds that have buffeted Donegal in recent days are expected to continue, Met Eireann has reported.

“The big story will be the winds coming in the next few days,” said Met Eireann meteorologist Eoin Sherlock. Those winds will be accompanied at different times by heavy rain and wintery showers, with freezing temperatures coming in overnight

“The next week or so will be really unsettled,” Mr. Sherlock said. “Further spells of very strong winds, heavy rain, wintery showers and maybe snow on higher ground.”

He said winds were expected to pick up this morning, rising to mean speeds between 65 and 85kph and gusts of up to 130 kph. Donegal can also expect rain today, with particularly heavy rainfalls this morning. Though relatively mild, 8-9 degrees, the wind and rain will make it feel colder, he said.

Donegal could expect wintery showers tonight, as temperatures dip to freezing or a couple of degrees below, with snow more likely on higher ground. But Mr. Sherlock said snow will probably melt relatively quickly on Friday because of the further rain that is expected. Still, he said we could see a mixture of sleet and rain up to midday tomorrow. There will be rain late on Saturday into Sunday, and wintery showers late Sunday into Monday morning.

“I think there are some very cold nights ahead and probably the risk of ice patches with all these showers,” Mr Sherlock said.

Donegal braved serious winds on Tuesday night. Met Eireann measured gusts of 90 kph at Malin Head and of about 105 kph at Finner camp.