Tuesday, March 07, 2023

Tomas Doherty

Met Éireann has issued a series of warnings for snow and ice this week as an Arctic blast continues to hit Ireland.

The biggest impact is likely to be felt on Thursday as a heavy spell of sleet and snow will move over the country, with some accumulations expected.

The forecaster issued a status-yellow warning for Connacht and counties Cavan, Donegal, Monaghan, Longford, Louth, Meath and Westmeath for much of Thursday, with sleet and snow leading to hazardous driving conditions and travel disruption.

Met Éireann meteorologists also said there was still uncertainty about Thursday’s forecast as they published the likelihood of precipitation falling as either drizzle, rain, sleet or snow in different parts of the country.

Patchy sleet or snow will also hit counties Cork and Kerry on Tuesday night and Wednesday morning, with the forecaster warning of hazardous conditions on some roads and footpaths.

A separate ice warning is in place for Connacht and counties Cavan, Donegal, Monaghan, Longford, Louth, Meath and Westmeath from 9pm on Tuesday until 9am on Wednesday.

Gerry Murphy, a meteorologist at Met Éireann, told RTÉ’s Morning Ireland on Tuesday that cold conditions were going to continue for the rest of the week with the risk of snow and sleet in many parts of the country.

Temperatures dropped to minus 3.7 degrees in Roscommon on Monday night and could drop to minus 5 degrees in the northern half of the country on Tuesday night.

Meanwhile, the UK Met Office has predicted snow in the North throughout this week, with similar conditions expected in parts of Co Donegal.

It said the snow would have the potential to cause significant disruption, particularly on Thursday and Friday.

Motorists have been cautioned to drive more slowly and be aware of icy conditions.

Brian Farrell from the Road Safety Authority urged drivers to take care on the roads, to reduce speed, to watch out for pedestrians and to ensure windscreens were clear before driving.

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