The whole country can expect heavy snow again this winter, according to Met Éireann forecaster Evelyn Cusack.
Speaking following the launch of the government’s Winter Ready initiative, Evelyn said the more extreme weather was due in part to the effects of climate change.
According to Independent.ie, she added that while some extreme weather events would happen regardless of climate change, the Met Éireann forecaster explained that heavier snow could be anticipated in the coming years.
“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,” Ms Cusack said.
“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.”
The forecaster said she expected people to take notice this year considering all the weather conditions that the country has experienced in last 12 months.
“…prepare yourself for all eventualities and listen out for the warnings and the local forecasts as well,” she said.
258,000 tonnes of salt will be made available as part of the government’s Winter Ready initiative.