Sunday 25 September 2016

Big freeze to continue as snow dusts the country

Wayne O'Connor, Ralph Riegel and Greg Harkin

Published 05/03/2016 | 02:30

Temperatures for the weekend will be well below average for this time of year and the country is expected to be covered in a blanket of frost for the coming days. Photo: Kyran O'Brien
Temperatures for the weekend will be well below average for this time of year and the country is expected to be covered in a blanket of frost for the coming days. Photo: Kyran O'Brien

The snow may have lifted but it will be replaced by a hard freeze with no end in sight.

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Temperatures for the weekend will be well below average for this time of year and the country is expected to be covered in a blanket of frost for the coming days.

Tonight will be much colder than last night, and Met Éireann was warning it could not predict when the cold snap will end.

No parts of the country will escape a big freeze in the coming days with the mercury expected to drop well below zero.

It comes as snow and ice caused misery for commuters and householders across the country yesterday.

Worst hit were parts of west Cork and north Cork where gardaí warned that road conditions in some areas were treacherous.

Gardaí responded to a number of weather-related collisions including two serious accidents outside Mitchelstown and Ballyvourney.

Met Éireann forecaster Pat Clarke warned that the weekend will be cold.

"It will be zero or minus-one on some coasts but it might be minus-two or minus-three further inland," he said.

"There is no sign of decent temperatures and decent dry spells."

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