Arctic air flow will ensure we feel bitterly cold all week
LET it snow, let it snow, let it snow.
The weather outside is indeed frightful, and forecasters are predicting that it will get even colder.
More snow and sub-zero conditions are on the way this week as the country remains firmly in the grip of an Arctic air flow and temperatures are set to plunge as low as -12C.
Ulster, eastern parts of Leinster and parts of Cork and Kerry will be worst hit by snowfalls. Many areas will see depths of 5-10cm, while twice this amount could fall on higher ground.
Temperatures are not expected to rise above zero in some areas -- even during the daytime. Already, the lowest temperature ever recorded in November (-7.2C) was shattered when Met Eireann recorded a temperature of -9.1C in Baldonnel, Co Dublin, yesterday morning.
"This is an exceptionally cold period; normally temperatures at this time of year are between 8C and 10C," said Met Eireann forecaster Evelyn Cusack.
And she said the big freeze wasn't going away. "We have a direct run of Arctic air right over Ireland and it looks like these conditions are going to stay until at least Friday. We expect very severe frosts and some snow showers as well," she said.
It will be bitterly cold again today with frost and icy conditions persisting on untreated roads and pavements. More heavy snow is forecast for the north and north-east and will move inland to affect parts of north Connacht and east Leinster later today.