broken clouds
humidity: 77%
wind: 4m/s SSW
H 19 • L 16
Weather from OpenWeatherMap
McKeefry Banner – January 2017

Batten down the hatches as snow weather warning in place for Ireland and Britain

DUNNING, UNITED KINGDOM - NOVEMBER 30: People walk through the snow on November 30, 2010 in Dunning, Scotland. United Kingdom. Freezing weather conditions and snow that has created chaos in Scotland and Northern England are moving south to the capital.. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
Both meteorological offices in Britain and Ireland have status yellow weather warnings. (Picture: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

IF YOU thought today was chilly, wrap up warm as the rest of the week is set to get a lot colder with snow weather warnings in place for Ireland and Britain. 

Both meteorological offices in Britain and Ireland have status yellow weather warnings from tomorrow, January 12.

While the Met Éireann office have tipped the next few days as bitterly cold, with scattered sleet with thunder and snow showers, there is a Status Yellow warning in place until Friday evening.

A Status Yellow weather alert is to notify those who are at risk of extreme weather because of their location, and to allow them to take preventative action.

Level ‘Yellow’ warnings do not apply to the entire population.

The snow and ice level Yellow warning for Munster, Leinster, Galway and Roscommon includes very cold, wintry weather from Wednesday night with showers of hail and sleet.

Snow will follow, even on lower levels but especially on higher ground, scattered across Leinster with very icy conditions.

Meanwhile in Britain, the Met Office have also issued a Status Yellow warning of snow and strong winds in place until late Thursday night.

Strong winds up to 60mph will drive heavy, wintry showers across much of Scotland on Thursday, with snow showers on western coasts and ice, hail and lightning posing additional hazards.

Up to 20cm of snow is expected on higher grounds, during the day with some experiencing blizzard conditions at times.

The Met Office have also said lower lying areas may experience “several centimetres” of snow also.

Anyone hoping to travel via road and rail are to expect longer journey times, with many delays and cancellations possible.

Met Éireann have also said that anyone crossing between Dublin and Holyhead should expect moderate to rough conditions, while the Cork, Rosslare, Pembroke and French routes will be very rough.

However, while many would be put off by the imminent snow, many have taken advantage of the weather.

According to Argos, there has been an increase in people searching for sledges, and a 108 per cent search increase for heaters.

For more information on the weather in Ireland, you can go to the Met Éireann website here. 

For weather updates for Britain, you can check the Met Office website here. 

Will you be taking advantage of the snowy conditions? Let us know below… 

Kelly Bar – MPU – January

Erica Doyle Higgins

Erica Doyle Higgins is a Digital Reporter with The Irish Post. You can follow her on Twitter @EDoyleHiggins

One comment on “Batten down the hatches as snow weather warning in place for Ireland and Britain”

  1. Boston, USA

    Last weekend in the Boston area we got 16 inches of snow. In February 2015 to early March 2015, the Boston Area got 115 inches of snow in a 5 week period. It remained below freezing for 25 days in a row. Amazingly the roads, stores, subway etc. opened and were running shortly after. Ireland seem like Florida compared to this area in winter. However, I do sympathize with you all.


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

About us

The Irish Post is the biggest selling national newspaper to the Irish in Britain. delivers all the latest Irish news to our online audience around the globe.


Irish Post