WEATHER ALERT: Forecaster issues advisory for wintry weather with snow on the way for Ireland

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WEATHER ALERT: Forecast issues advisory for wintry weather conditions issued with snow on the way for Ireland

WEATHER ALERT: Forecast issues advisory for wintry weather conditions issued with snow on the way for Ireland

Met Éireann has issued a weather advisory for cold weather in the coming days and is forecasting rain, hail, sleet, snow, thunder, frost and ice.

The forecaster issued a Weather Advisory for Ireland on Saturday evening. It says cold and wintry weather will develop from Sunday evening. The notices says showers of hail, sleet and snow will occur in places. It says snow showers will be most frequent in Ulster and Connacht and especially so on high ground.

The advisory is valid from 6pm Sunday, January 26 to 3pm  on Tuesday, January 28

Met Éireann meteorologist Michelle Dillon gave more details of what to expect in her update after the RTÉ news on Saturday, 

"There is a change on the way in our weather. It is going to become cold tomorrow (Sunday) and for the early days of next week with some wintry showers starting from tomorrow evening. We'll have some frost and ice by night with some bright or sunny spells mixed in between the showers," she said.

The forecaster said rain would clear on Saturday night but it would become much colder as it does. Though cold, she said Sunday would be bright and dry during daylight hours.

Later on Sunday a system would move in along the west coast.

"So, fairly widespread showers, longer spells of rain, hail, some sleet, the risk of thunder and some snow over higher ground in parts of Connacht and Ulster. Some frost and ice to follow into Monday morning and a blustery day with wintry showers of rain, hail and sleet again with some snow over higher ground," she said.

The cold snap will be short lived as it will become milder later on on Tuesday and into the rest of the week but it will remain on unsettled. More below tweets.

Met Éireann forecast issued at 8.47pm on Saturday, January 25.

SUNDAY 26TH JANUARY
Any lingering rain will clear eastern areas early in the morning and brighter colder weather will follow to all areas. Sunshine and isolated showers will follow during the day, with an isolated snow shower possible in Ulster and Connacht. Later in the evening a more organised band of showers will spread from the west. Some of the showers turning to sleet and snow, especially over hills in Connacht and Ulster with a risk of hail and thunder. Highs of 5 or 6 degrees, in light to moderate southwest winds but stronger along Atlantic coasts.

Cold on Sunday night with showers or longer spells of rain, sleet or snow. The snow mainly on high ground. Minimum temperatures of -1 to +2 degrees in fresh and gusty southwest winds.

Monday: A cold and blustery day on Monday with sunny spells and showers, some of sleet or snow. The showers will be heaviest and most frequent in the west in fresh and gusty southwest winds. Maximum afternoon temperatures ranging from 3 to 7 degrees, coldest across Ulster. There will be clear spells and blustery wintry showers on Monday night with minimum temperatures of -2 to +2 degrees and a fairly widespread frost in areas sheltered from the fresh westerly breeze.

Tuesday: It looks set to be cold and windy on Tuesday with some bright spells but also widespread showers. The showers will bring a mix of rain, hail and sleet with some snow on high ground. There will be a strong and gusty westerly wind with highest temperatures ranging just 3 to 6 degrees. Clear spells and scattered showers overnight but with the showers becoming increasingly isolated. Possibly an early frost with lows of 1 to 4 degrees but turning less cold later.

Mid-week: Current indications suggest it will turn less cold by mid-week but remaining unsettled with spells of wet and windy weather spreading from the Atlantic.