SNOWFALL, WIND AND THUNDERSTORM UPDATE FOR SUNDAY
A area of low pressure moving of the west and north of Ireland tonight will lead to some disruptive weather over the coming hours with a yellow wind warning in place for Donegal, Galway, Leitrim, Mayo, Sligo, Clare, Kerry and Limerick for West to northwest winds will reach mean speeds of 50 to 65km/h and gusts of 90 to 110kmh, strongest in coastal areas. The wind warning comes into effect at 4am Sunday morning and ends at 11:59pm Sunday.
Along with strong winds there will be the risk of Thunderstorms on Sunday especially from around 6am onward where there will be the risk of some showers producing thunder and lightning with the highest risk of thunderstorms across the west, northwest and north of Ireland. So before going to bed tonight i would advise turning off and unplugging all electrical devices along with plugging out your internet and router as a lightning strike near the house could fry wires.
tonight rain will move in from the southwest of Ireland with some heavy burst possible across Munster and Leinster and the risk of some of these showers turning to sleet for a time at some lower level areas and possibly snow also in a few places but any snowfall in the south and east of Ireland will mainly be confined to uplands areas and mountains especially areas 200 meters above sea level.
On Sunday morning another spell of heavy precipitation will move across Connacht and Ulster turning increasingly so hail, sleet and snow over the morning with the risk of thunderstorm and thundersnow. There is a risk of blizzard like conditions across parts of Connacht and Ulster leading to poor visibility over the morning especially over higher ground. Snow accumulations are also likely to lower level areas with very icy conditions over the morning. Accumulations over lower level areas of Connacht and Ulster will range between 1cm to 5cm with up to 10cm over the upland areas and mountains.
Highest snowfall amounts will be across the northwest and north of Ireland with the chance slimmer everywhere else and also note that noT all areas will wake up to snow tomorrow morning
Over the day further showers of hail, sleet and snow will continue to effect Ireland with some heavy and prolonged showers across the west and northwest of Ireland over the course of Sunday with further accumulations to low level areas and upland areas where there will be the ongoing risk of thunderstorm activity. These showers will then be isolated to western and northwestern areas tomorrow night with some further falls of hail sleet and snow.
Early next week there will be the risk of a very strong wind storm which is on track to hit Ireland I will have another update this evening on this .
Kenneth Mc Donagh from the Donegal Weather Channel
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