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Irish weather forecast: Met Eireann forecaster Evelyn Cusack says heavy snow could fall this winter

Irish Mirror logoIrish Mirror 08/11/2018 William Dunne
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Irish winters are set to bring heavy snowfall more often, a Met Eireann forecaster has said.

The chances of heavy snow are very likely despite the fact climate change is warming up the planet.

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Met Eireann's Evelyn Cusack said: "There is a chance of more snow even though the climate is warming up and that’s because there’s more moisture in the atmosphere.

"There’s more evaporation because of the higher sea temperatures and then in winter, instead of rain, it turns to snow. So in fact, snow events could be heavier."

She was speaking at the launch of the government initiative Be Ready for Winter on Wednesday.

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It was announced that 258,000 tonnes of salt are to be made available for councils to use in the event of ice or snow this winter.

The forecaster hopes that with the variety of weather conditions experienced in 2018, the public will keep an eye on all weather warnings and local forecasts.

She told the Independent: "The message is prepare yourself for all eventualities and listen out for the warnings and the local forecasts as well."

a dog that is standing in the snow © Credits: Stephen Collins/Collins

Ms Cusack added: "There is an idea of warning fatigue or yellow warning fatigue, but we only issue warnings when there are specific issues around."

Meanwhile, it's unlikely that Ireland will experience snow by mid-November.

A Met Eireann forecaster told the Irish Mirror this week that there's no sign that snow is on the way.

However, the forecaster warned of extremely unsettled weather over the next two weeks.

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The spokesperson said: "There is no indication that snow is on the way.

"It's impossible to predict the forecast after a couple of weeks from now but the weather will be very unsettled over the next week.

"It won't be as cold as last week, but there'll be heavy downpours on Thursday and Friday, especially in the eastern parts of Ireland."

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