Inishowen braces for so-called
'Beast from the East'
INISHOWEN is bracing
itself for the so-called 'Beast from the East' but
so far today, Tuesday, has started off frosty with
bright sunshine around the peninsula.
However, with parts of the east and south east of
Ireland expecting significant snowfall, forecasters
say the northern part of the country can expect
cloud to increase during the day with "some
scattered wintry outbreaks" spreading westwards.
Snow showers are expected to develop later today in
northern parts with a wind chill factor making
conditions feel very bitter.
The forecast for tonight is for cold conditions,
severe frost and icy stretches. Met Eireann's
regional outlook for Ulster tonight shows "further
scattered wintry showers moving westwards with snow
accumulations. Lowest temperatures will range -2 to
-6 degrees celsius, in a stiff northeasterly
Wednesday is expected to be extremely cold in
northern counties with some further scattered falls
"All areas however will be at risk, with the threat
of thunder too. Top temperatures of only 0 to +2
degrees celsius. Fresh to strong and gusty easterly
winds will make it feel even colder, owing to a
significant wind chill factor. Frost, ice and lying
snow persisting through the day," according to Met
Meanwhile, ESB Networks warns that damage may occur
to parts of the electricity network nationwide as
the forecasted snow storm hits. The company said it
has a "full emergency response in place to address
any power outages".
The Irish Red Cross said it has been requested by
the HSE to have its vehicles on standby on a
county-by-county basis, namely road ambulances,
off-road ambulances and 4x4 vehicles.
The charity has also been asked to assess its
volunteer availability to crew the vehicles.
Winter Gritting Map Click Here
County Council is urging road users to take extra
care "during this exceptionally cold spell".
It says drivers can keep up to date on road
conditions by checking out the Winter Gritting Map
www.donegalcoco.ie for information on routes to
be gritted and points for public sand and grit piles
around the county.
"We would also ask that you be mindful that older
people or other vulnerable people living on their
own may find it a very difficult to get about and do
their day to day tasks. Please keep in touch and
make sure they are safe and warm," the local