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15th Dec 2019

Met Eireann have updated their snow/ice warning for Ireland

Darragh Murphy

Snow/ice warning extended

Met Eireann have updated the snow/ice warning for Ireland.

On Saturday, Met Eireann issued a snow/ice warning for the whole country, with the warning coming into effect at 11am on Saturday and lasting until 11am on Sunday morning.

That Status Yellow weather warning has since been extended for almost a full 24 hours, until Monday at 10am.

The national forecaster predicted “scattered wintry showers of hail, sleet and snow with some accumulations, especially on higher ground, and icy stretches on roads and footpaths.”

The southwest of the country will see showers fall as sleet on Sunday, while the more wintry falls are expected in the north due to lower temperatures.

A Met Eireann spokesperson said: “Showers continuing to spread northeastwards this afternoon, falling mainly as rain or possibly sleet in the south and southwest but will turn increasingly wintry as they spread northwards. Cold today, especially in the north with afternoon highs of just 2 or 3 degrees. A little milder in the south where temperatures will reach 5 to 7 degrees. Winds will stay light in most areas but it will become windy in the southwest and south with westerly gales possibly along the coast later.

“The showers will continue tonight, turning wintry again, especially in the northern half of the country. Lowest temperatures will range between -3 and 0 degrees with a sharp to severe frost and ice on untreated surfaces. Winds will be light in the north and strong in the south, becoming moderate to fresh westerly everywhere as the night goes on.”

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