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13th Nov 2019

Weather warning for seven counties as snow and heavy rain predicted

Darragh Murphy

Thermometer in snow

Met Eireann have issued a weather warning for seven counties; with heavy rain, sleet and even snow predicted in some areas of Ireland on Wednesday.

The affected counties are Carlow, Kildare, Kilkenny, Laois, Wicklow, Offaly and Tipperary.

The status yellow rainfall warning is valid from 2pm on Wednesday afternoon to 2am on Thursday morning, with the national forecaster warning that “a spell of heavy rain is likely to lead to some spot flooding and will turn to sleet and snow in places later today.”

Temperatures are set to drop to as low as 0 degrees overnight.

Met Eireann’s national forecast reads: “A few dry spells in the northeast but generally cloudy with showers or longer spells of rain, heavy at times with a risk of hail and thunder. Top temperatures 5 to 8 degrees. Some of the rain will turn to sleet and snow in parts of Munster, Leinster and Connacht, mainly later this afternoon and evening. Brisk northwest winds will develop in the southwest later today, but winds will be lighter and more variable elsewhere.

“The wintry mix of rain, sleet and snow will gradually clear southwards tonight. Cold clear spells will develop, with frost and some icy patches developing. Lowest temperatures of 0 to plus 3 degrees. Light to moderate northerly winds developing over land will be fresh to strong and gusty near coasts.

“Tomorrow Thursday will be a cold, dry and sunny day for most places, however showers will affect coastal parts of both Leinster and Connacht and also west Ulster, where there is a risk of hail. Maximum temperatures will range 5 to 8 degrees, but it will feel chillier in the brisk northerly winds, which will be strong and gusty near coasts.”