LOUTH WEATHER: 'Proper' cold spell could last more than two weeks
Local weather expert 'Louth Weather' has warned that a 'proper' cold spell looks to be on the way to Louth and could last for the next two weeks!
In a foreboding Facebook update this afternoon, Louth Weather had this to say:
"Over the coming days our weather will becoming increasingly colder as winds push west from Siberia. While I don't usually go beyond five days, looking at the current setup, I feel there's a real possibility that this cold spell could last more than two weeks.
"So we're looking at daytime temperatures below 5°C and night time values down to -4°C. Add to this a strong easterly wind and it will feel more like -3°C to -7°C. Don't put away those winter clothes just yet!!
"This is the perfect winter setup for cold weather as "the beast from the east" dominates and blocks any mild Atlantic influences. Timing wise, the extra length of the days now mean we won't have it as bad as if this had happened in December or early January.
"So it will be cold enough for snow, but will it snow?? Over the coming days, apart from an isolated shower, it's very unlikely.
"However as the winds coming our way get colder, the temperature difference between The Irish Sea (currently 7.8°C) becomes greater, creating instability and producing showers. So by next Tuesday we should see snow showers and unlike all other times this winter when the snow showers died away as they crossed land from the NW, this time we are placed right in the firing line along the east coast."
"But remember showers are random, so some places will get them while others escape. There's also the possibility of streamer development where a constant line of showers develop say at the southern tip of The Isle of Man and dump large quantities of snow in a narrow area. Wind direction is decisive here and I will only be able to predict these events at short range.