Met Éireann has warned that we can expect some exceptionally cold weather this week. They are predicting that air and ground temperatures will be five to ten degrees below normal with significant wind chill, penetrating severe frosts and disruptive snow showers.
With the first band of snow expected to hit on Tuesday, a Status Yellow warning is already in place until Saturday 3rd March.
I have collected some useful tips from across the web to help you prepare for the worst. Hopefully this will amount to nothing, but there’s no harm in being prepared, right?
Goes without saying, but do check on any elderly relatives and neighbours to make sure they are equipped to deal with any adverse weather that may be ahead. Make sure they have basic supplies, medications, heating fuels and a telephone number they can call if they need assistance.
If things do get a little dicey, make sure you plan your journey and be mindful that the local weather might actually be better that the weather at your intended destination – even if that is only Mullingar! Check the AA Roadwatch website for information about live driving conditions.
Report leaks On public property (footpaths, roads, communal open spaces etc) ASAP to Irish Water on 1850 278 278. This number is available 24/7. Be aware that unattended leaks can lead to water shortages later.
Domestic Supply If you experience an issue with frozen or burst pipes in your home, please contact a plumber. Unfortunately, there are no plumbers listed on my database so I cannot recommend anyone to you!
The following preventative tips may be of assistance before the cold weather arrives: