Wednesday, 12 December, 2018

Brace yourselves! Snow and ice warnings issued for the week ahead

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Before that, temperatures will plummet on Sunday night into Monday morning to as low -4.

In the latest weather bulletin on RTÉ, Met Éireann forecaster Joanne Donnelly gave details of the Status Yellow snow ice warning.

Met Éireann has issued a yellow weather alert for snow and ice for all of Leinster and counties Tipperary, Waterford, Monaghan, Cavan, Leitrim and east Cork.

The Met Office said Tuesday would be cold and cloudy with some snow during the morning, leading to slight accumulations. Long clear spells will occur in near calm conditions allowing a few mist and fog patches to form.

Rain will develop in the west this afternoon, which will spread eastwards through the evening and early night, turning to sleet and snow.

He said that the snow will not be excessive but frost overnight could cause hazardous road conditions.

The outlook is for conditions to be cold and clear with sunshine on Wednesday, ahead of a cloudier and breezier Thursday with a little rain and sleet.

"Tomorrow morning will see wintry showers of sleet and snow", he continued. Met Eireann expects lowest temperatures of -2° to 1° tonight. Drier and brighter weather is forecast in the east and south-east, however.

The temperatures will hit highs of 5C in some areas of the country, with fresh, gusty, northwest winds.

It is expected that temperatures will fall to -4C overnight with a widespread frost and the risk of ice on untreated roads and other surfaces.