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A snow/ice warning has been issued for Ireland

By Darragh Murphy

December 14, 2019 at 11:22am

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Met Eireann has issued a snow/ice warning for Ireland.

The snow/ice warning, which is valid from 11am on Saturday morning to 11am on Sunday morning, has predicted "wintry showers of hail, sleet and snow with localized accumulations, especially on high ground, and icy stretches on roads and footpaths."

The drop to freezing temperatures, combined with the outbreak of scattered showers, is expected to result in wintry falls, particularly in areas of high ground.

There is also the possibility for thunder, with areas in the north of the country expect to be the worst hit.

The national forecast reads: "Cold and blustery today with sunny spells and scattered showers, frequent this morning in the Northwest. Some of the showers will have a wintry mix of hail, sleet and snow, especially on high ground with some thunder. During the afternoon and evening, scattered outbreaks of rain, sleet and snow will move Northwards over the country. Moderate to fresh and gusty southwest winds will be strong near coasts, with gales in the west and northwest.

"Cold tonight with a mix of clear spells and showers of rain, hail, sleet and snow an ongoing risk of thunder. Showers gradually becoming confined to the Northwest as the night goes on. Minimum temperatures of -3 to +1 degrees with frost and icy patches forming and some freezing fog. Light to moderate southwest winds will be fresh to strong and gusty on eastern and southern coasts at first."

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