Published: Sun, February 11, 2018
Worldwide | By Sean Reid

Snow warning for across Ireland as temperatures to plummet to -2

Snow warning for across Ireland as temperatures to plummet to -2

There are three Status Yellow weather warnings in place for the weekend with high winds, heavy rain and snow showers forecast.

"And later tonight and on Sunday, wintry showers will give accumulations of up to 3 cm of snow, with larger amounts on higher ground, especially in Ulster and Connacht".

It will last until 11:59pm on Sunday night.

A wind warning, meanwhile, has been issued for Munster, Leinster and Galway, with gusts of up to 110km/hr expected.

The rest of the country hasn't got off the hook as a status yellow rainfall warning has been issued for Saturday for the entire province of Connacht as well as Cavan, Monaghan and Donegal. Heavier rains are expected overnight, particular Northern Ireland and south west Scotland.

He added: "On Sunday we're back into a westerly air flow, which normally wouldn't be particularly cold, but as the air is originating from the very cold Arctic Canada region the air will be cold enough to bring snow to sea level". Frost and icy patches will develop also.

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Temperatures are likely to drop to around zero overnight.

Snow will settle on higher ground'. Frost and icy patches will develop also.

A huge front of freezing Canadian air is set to plunge down from the chilly North Atlantic as a our band of rain and drizzle floats towards Paris. It will spread eastwards through the evening and early night, falling as sleet and snow in many areas.

Tuesday will be cold with good sunny spells and some scattered wintry showers in the west and north for a time. However, fresh, gusty, southerly winds will cause temperatures to rise, which will clear any frost.

According to Met Éireann, wind, rain and snow have been predicted for the coming hours.

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