THE BEAST FROM THE EAST: Will Galway feel the brunt of it?

galway daily weather snow and ice warning issued for Galway

The National Emergency Co-ordination Group met this morning to discuss the Beast from the East and Storm Emma, which will hit Ireland for the coming days.

It is being described as an “exceptional weather event” and precautions are being taken by the group.

An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said today in the Dáil that while they are hoping for the best, they are preparing for the worst.

But with snow expected in the south-east in the coming hours, what is the outlook for Galway?

Today’s sunshine will make way for cloud which will gradually increase this evening.

A few wintry showers will develop, mainly across the east of the county.

Highest temperatures will be 3 to 5 degrees, but it will feel colder in fresh northeast winds.

Tonight will be very cold tonight with a severe frost developing. There will be a few snow showers overnight across Galway.

Lowest temperatures of -2 to -5 degrees in moderate or fresh, east to northeast winds.

Tomorrow, Wednesday will be a bitterly cold and windy day, with scattered showers of snow and spells of sunshine in parts.

Most of these will occur across the east but all areas will be at risk and some accumulations are possible even in West Galway.

Highest temperatures may be as low as freezing. Strong and gusty, easterly winds will lead to a significant wind chill factor, making it feel even colder.

Thursday will remain bitterly cold with snow forecast across the county. Wintry showers will continue throughout the day, with heavy snow beginning in the evening and continuing throughout the night, possibly into Friday afternoon.

Temperatures will stay below freezing, and gusty winds will pick up in the evening.

Friday will see further accumulations of snow, clearing up in the afternoon.

The weekend will remain dry, but temperatures may not rise high enough to melt the snow until the new week.