Missy and Rapsy at the beach yesterday morning
No, this blog isn’t about The White Isle, Ibiza 🙂 It’s still about Ireland, The Emerald (Green) Isle. However, over these last eight days the isle has been covered by a mass of snow like the islanders haven’t seen in decades…
MapAlerter* and the weather forecast warned about a severe weather change for Wednesday, 1st of March. But the Beast From the East arrived early, just a day before spring (which, in Ireland, starts on the first of March). Missy remembers, that on Tuesday a couple of snowflakes made their way into her garden…
At night time road conditions were treacherous across the East, the drivers were advised to use extreme caution. Strong easterly winds made their way across Ireland on Wednesday and the next day the weather changed into a real blizzard.
That Thursday, the 1st of March, the people were told to stay indoors over the next 24-48 hours since it would be an extreme and life-threatening weather condition and not to be taken lightly. And it kept on snowing and snowing… It didn’t stop on Friday!
Rapsy wasn’t going to watch that snow coming down any longer.
And both dogs weren’t so sure about going outside…
The County Council advised not to travel, as the roads were under a significant depth of snow and all routes were extremely hazardous. Another extension of the weather warning, code level red, was issued and to be valid until 9am Saturday the 3rd of March.
Guess what? Even during bad weather, dogs will need to go out to do their business. 😉 By Friday Rapsy and Missy started to like the snow and were having fun running on the snow-covered roads of the village.
Code red warning turned into a code orange by Saturday morning with just a few more snowflakes coming down. Later on the sun came out, the temperature began to rise and the snow stared to thaw. More roads were cleared of snow and many were accessible for 4×4 vehicles.
However, two days ago the people were still warned to use extreme caution while driving as many of the roads were still only one lane wide. Living in Ireland, where from (beside radio and TV) can you get details of road and weather conditions? Check out:
*MapAlerter – You can sign up there and get free alerts from Irish local authorities by app, email and/or text messages. They are also on social media.