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09th Feb 2021

A 24-hour snowfall warning has just been issued to 23 counties

James Fenton

Met Éireann has issued a status yellow snow/ice warning to 23 counties which is due to come into effect on Thursday morning.

In a move that was widely expected, Met Éireann has issued a weather warning to most of the country for this coming Thursday and Friday. It will be valid from 6am on Thursday until 6am on Friday and states that ‘a band of sleet and snow spreading northeastwards during Thursday giving snow accumulations of up to 5cm in some areas (higher over the mountains), but transitioning to rain in the west and south on Thursday night.’

Yesterday, the The National Directorate for Fire and Emergency Management (NDFEM) Crisis Management Team met to discuss the current cold spell and said in a statement that ”A severe weather coordination meeting was held today (Monday, 8 February 2021), to review the weather forecast for the coming days, including the potential impact of snow and provide all key stakeholders with this information directly to enable relevant preparations to take place.’

It added that ‘Thursday could potentially bring widespread snowfall and significant accumulations across the country, bringing a potential for considerable disruption.’

You can keep up to date with Met Éireann’s weather warnings here.

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