Tuesday 17 October 2017

Spring has sprung, but brace yourself for further frost

Seamus Lavin grits the road to Highwood, Kilmactranny, Co Sligo. Photo: Brian Farrell.
Seamus Lavin grits the road to Highwood, Kilmactranny, Co Sligo. Photo: Brian Farrell.
Frosty leaves in Dublin’s Phoenix Park after another cold night. Photo: Fergal Phillips.
Nicola Anderson

Nicola Anderson

SPRING has arrived - not that you can tell by the weather.

Yesterday was St Brigid's Day, but temperatures are a full three degrees lower than normal for the time of year, according to Met Éireann.

And we could see the return of snow tomorrow, with conditions set to remain very cold over the next few days.

Motorists were urged to take care last night, with temperatures plunging below zero throughout much of the country, and scattered wintry showers across the western counties. The wintry showers will be more frequent in the west today, particularly later on, and it will be a cloudier day overall.

Tomorrow will see occasional falls of snow, especially on higher ground, with wintry showers continuing again. Temperatures will remain low with northerly breezes and the night will bring severe frost with a risk of black ice on the roads.

A Met Éireann forecaster warned that all drivers needed to be extra cautious when driving in frosty conditions.Wednesday will bring another cold, bright day with highest temperatures of around three to six degrees.

Most places will remain dry although scattered wintry showers will affect eastern coastal counties for the first part of the day. Thursday and Friday will remain cold but largely dry and, with temperatures of around three to five degrees, dropping sharply at night, with severe frost.

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