WEATHER WARNING: Met Eireann issues warning for cold temperatures and snow
The weather forecast for the coming days from Met Eireann says that very cold conditions will persist until Sunday. There will be very frosty nights, with widespread icy conditions. Some wintry precipitation at times too. Less cold from late Sunday onwards but changeable and unsettled.
The weather forecast from Met Eireann for Thursday says it will be very cold and windy with outbreaks of rain spreading northeastwards, turning heavy or persistent for a time. The rain will turn to sleet or snow for a time over Connacht, Leinster and inland parts of Munster with the risk of snow accumulations over mountainous areas. Afternoon temperatures will reach just 2 to 5 degrees, but 6 or 7 degrees in the southwest. Southeast to easterly winds will increase strong and gusty and veer east to northeast later.
The weather forecast from Met Eireann for says it will be very cold and frosty on Thursday night with icy roads and also some lying snow. Frosty from the start over Ulster with some pockets of freezing fog. Windy for a time elsewhere with a mix of rain, sleet and snow. The snow is likely to be heaviest over much of Munster and south Leinster, with some significant accumulations in places. But this band of weather will clear southwards later in the night and the fresh and gusty east to northeast winds will moderate also. Icy here also with lying snow in places. Overnight lows generally below zero between -2 and -5 C., coldest over snow fields but zero or + 1 along the south and southeast coasts.
The weather forecast for Friday is for it to be very cold with moderate north or northeast breezes bringing some wintry showers to exposed coastal areas, mainly eastern and also parts of the northwest and west coasts. But most other areas, especially inland parts will be dry with spells of winter sunshine. Very little in the way of a thaw, with top temperatures generally 2 to 4 C., but up to 6 C., in some Atlantic coastal districts.
According to Met Eireann, it will be bitterly cold again on Friday night, with a severe frost and icy conditions. Lows of -2 to -4 C., generally, but lower over snow fields and perhaps around zero in some Atlantic coastal districts. Many places will be dry, but a few wintry showers are likely to affect coastal areas exposed to the moderate to fresh northerly breeze.
The weather forecast from Met Eireann for Saturday is that frost and ice will clear slowly in bright fairly sunny weather. A few light wintry flurries in coastal areas exposed to the moderate north to northwest breezes but most places dry. Top afternoon temperature 5 to 7 C., best in Atlantic coastal fringes. Bitterly cold overnight with lows of -3 to -5 C., generally, but colder over snow fields. There will be a widespread severe frost overnight, with icy roads and some freezing fog can be expected also.
The weather forecast from Met Eireann for Sunday is for the frost, fog and ice to clear gradually, with sunny spells through the morning. Cloud increasing from the Atlantic in the afternoon, with some light rain expected in coastal areas later. Staying cold, with highs of just 4 to 7 C., generally, but up to 7 or 8 C., along Atlantic fringes. A slight frost in eastern areas, but temperatures rising later as cloud and rain is expected to spread in across the country from the west.