Snow could be on the way at end of January

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Snow could be on the way at end of January
21:00 Thursday 10th of January 2019
Above: The M7 motorway during Storm Emma / Beast from the East in March 2018

The end of the January will bring cold temperatures, according to long-range weather forecasters,  with one expert predicting snow.

Irish Weather Online (IWO) said that it may turn very cold from January 21 onwards "with winds from the north and sleety precipitation with a risk of accumulating snow at times."

IWO forecasters added: "Details continue to vary from one model to another but there is certainly a growing trend towards much colder weather in the last ten days of January.

"How severe and how long it might last remain the big unknown".

The Weather Channel website is forecasting day-time temperatures plunging as low as 3 degrees Celsius for the final week of January.

Parts of Europe such as Germany and Austria have been hit by heavy snowfalls this week and UK forecasters are predicting some of those conditions to reach its shores in coming days.

There were some flurries of snow in parts of  Kildare and West Wicklow in early December but if it materialises it will be the biggest snow event since Storm Emma and the Beast of the East dumped several inches of snow across Kildare in March 2018.

Storm Emma / Beast from the East 

 Last March saw the biggest snow-related weather event in many areas for over 40 years.

Kildare Co Council, Gardaí, the HSE, Civil Defence and countless volunteers worked tirelessly to get the county moving again, and to help those in need.

The heaviest snow was seen in locations such as Kilteel near the Dublin border where more than 100 people were trapped for a number of days. 

Residents had to dig deep tunnels to access their front doors.

There are snow drifts of 3 and 4 metres on roads for a radius of several kilometres around the area.

There were two medical emergencies involving children - including one child with a burst appendix - and the Coastguard helicopter had to winch the patients from the ground before taking them to hospital.

Kildare County Council deployed crews and snow ploughs all over the county and local contractors and farmers were hired to help out. 

The Kildare County Council’s Crisis Management Team - incorporating the Severe Weather Assessment Team - met daily to co-ordinate clearing volumes of accumulated snow and to open vital traffic routes. 

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