Offaly Independent

Published: Thursday, 19th December, 2013 12:38pm

"Topsy-turvy" weather forecast

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Systems coming in from a “very disturbed” Atlantic will make for very “topsy-turvy” weather patterns over the coming days, according to Met Eireann forecaster Pat Clarke.

Yesterday (Wednesday) brought with it high winds and rain, while light snowfall featured locally this morning.

Today it's going to stay cold, with a few wintery showers, while tonight will be cold with icy patches expected.

Tomorrow Mr Clarke expects wet and windy weather, with gusts of wind in the area expected to reach up to 110km per hour. Friday night is expected to continue in the same vein, while the weekend is expected to be a mix of “cold and windy” weather with showers from time to time.

Weekend nights are expected to be cold meanwhile, with the threat of frost ever present.

Storms can’t be discounted in the days leading up to Christmas, Mr Clarke warned, thanks to a low pressure system currently on weather charts that may develop.

Weather in recent days has been quite disturbed, after a relatively benign November and December to date.

Mr Clarke has advised locals to keep an eye on weather forecasts. With a forecast of weather described as “very up and down”, he has encouraged people to “just be sensible” and keep personal safety in mind at all times.

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