Friday 15th -- flood risk rising, milder
We need a new focus for the general interest discussion, methinks, as the cold spell ends for the time being in a wave of mild, moist air drawn up from the latitude of the Azores.
I'll just make a brief starting post here, the details can be found in the forecast thread.
The combination of rain today and tonight, with melting snow that is still quite widespread in many areas (central, eastern, northwest especially) seems capable of bringing some moderate or even severe flooding in spots. Any place that streams drain highland areas especially in Wicklow, Dublin, Laois, Carlow, Kilkenny, Tipps, west Cork and Kerry, as well as possibly Mayo and Donegal, need to be closely watched for rapid water level rising.
In other places, the flood situation may be more from waterlogged fields and bogs not releasing standing water but oozing out the excess onto roads and nearby areas. And there could be some flooding in cities and towns in a few spots because water is unable to drain away through clogged drains.
Anyway, if you doubt the potential for flooding, have a look at the photo threads on this forum and realize that there is much more snow available for melting than it may appear in lowland areas. Reports of several feet of snow, some of it already moisture-laden, with rain to come, have me concerned that by tonight or Saturday, there can be some serious flooding.
And add to that dense fog and the odd mudslide, you've got a lot of things to watch out for on the roads today, tonight especially, and through the weekend.