Wednesday 7 December 2016

'Rare phenomenon' of freezing fog and freezing rain as temperatures plummet tonight

Weekend temperatures are set to plummet to as low as -6 degrees

Published 14/01/2016 | 18:25

Snow at the Sally Gap
Snow in the Midlands Credit: Jane Last
Snow covered fields in Glencullen in Dublin as the unseasonably mild weather has come to an end with the arrival of freezing temperatures from the icy north. Photo: Niall Carson/PA Wire
Sheep in snow covered fields in Glencullen in Dublin as the unseasonably mild weather has come to an end with the arrival of freezing temperatures from the icy north. Photo: Niall Carson/PA Wire
People build a snowman in Glencullen in Dublin as the unseasonably mild weather has come to an end with the arrival of freezing temperatures from the icy north. Photo: Niall Carson/PA Wire
People walk through snow covered fields in Sally Gap, Glencullen in Dublin as the unseasonably mild weather has come to an end with the arrival of freezing temperatures from the icy north. Photo: Niall Carson/PA Wire
A car drives through Sally Gap, Glencullen in Dublin as the unseasonably mild weather has come to an end with the arrival of freezing temperatures from the icy north. Photo: Niall Carson/PA Wire
A person walks through snow covered fields in Killakee in Dublin as Britain is bracing itself for an icy blast over the coming week when temperatures will plummet below freezing to bring snow and widespread frosts. Photo: Niall Carson/PA Wire
People walk through snow covered fields in Killakee in Dublin as Britain is bracing itself for an icy blast over the coming week when temperatures will plummet below freezing to bring snow and widespread frosts. Photo: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Severe frost and freezing fog and rain is expected to develop tonight as temperatures are set to plummet to between zero and -5 degrees.

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Met Eireann have predicted that the semi-rare phenomenon of freezing fog will form as the land cools further overnight under clear skies.

Freezing rain, meanwhile, occurs when rain droplets fall through a layer of much colder air than the rain itself and freeze, hitting the ground as frozen drops and forming clear ice, known as glaze.

In the latest cold snap to grip Ireland, orange and yellow snow-ice warnings remained in effect until midday today for west Munster, Connacht, Ulster and north Leinster.

Accumulations of snow of between 2 and 8 cm fell in at least nine counties in these areas - and the adverse weather conditions has had knock effects nationwide.

Schoolchildren in Cavan have cause to celebrate as over twenty schools in the county have announced their closure for the day.

Here are the full list of schools affected in Cavan: St Bridgets NS Laragh; Butlersbridge NS, Billis NS, New Inns; Drumcrave NS; Killinkere NS; Knoctemple NS Virginia; Ballynarry NS; The Loreto College, Cavan; The Royal School, Cavan; Swanlinbar Daycare Centre; St. Patrick's College, Cavan; Saint Michael's NS, Clifferna; Drumkilly NS; Crubany NS; St Claire's College, Ballyjamesduff; Crosskeys NS; Clogher house Day Activation unit, Rathcorrick; Virginia Day Services Disability Services, at Virginia Health care unit; Breffni College, Cavan; Virginia College, Cavan; Moyne Community School; Kilnaleck NS.

Meanwhile, commuters have been advised to take extreme caution as widespread ice and snow have been reported across the country.

As temperatures sank as low as -1 last night, this morning began very cold with frost and icy patches on the roads which were slow to clear.

While the majority of the country is set to remain dry today, rain and sleet showers are expected to fall in some north and western counties.

The southwest regions will also see some rain or drizzle as the afternoon progresses.

Motorists have also been warned to take additional care on the roads with the severe frost and freezing fog leading to treacherous icy roads tonight.

'The big freeze has hit Ballinaglera!' Sent in by Adelle McGourty ‏@AdelleMcGourty on Twitter using #IndoSubmit.
'The big freeze has hit Ballinaglera!' Sent in by Adelle McGourty ‏@AdelleMcGourty on Twitter using #IndoSubmit.
'Dennis the sausage dog,enjoying the weather in dromore ruan co.clare ' Sent in by amon corry ‏@eamondocorleone on Twitter using #IndoSubmit
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Snow in the Midlands Credit: Jane Last
Sent in by Belmullet CGS ‏(@belmullet_cgs) on Twitter using #IndoSubmit 'Beautiful start to Friday in Erris!'
'Wild Wicklow Gap'. Sent in by Pol O'Conghaile using #IndoSubmit
'Roads not the best!' Sent in by Aidan C. (‏@CotterAidan) on Twitter using #IndoSubmit
'Roads not the best!' Sent in by Aidan C. (‏@CotterAidan) on Twitter using #IndoSubmit
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Sent in by davitt groarke via contact@independent.ie of Co Leitrim
Snow in Bailieboro Co Cavan. Sent in by Martin Sheridan on Twitter with #IndoSubmit
Sent in by Lorraine O'Hara on Twitter with #IndoSubmit
"Beginning to look a lot like Christmas". Sent in by Flanagans Gastropub.
Kinlough, Co Leitrim this morning! Sent in by Louise McGeever
Snow in Teenageragh, Kiltimagh, Co Mayo
Snow in Teenageragh, Kiltimagh, Co Mayo
Snow in Teenageragh, Kiltimagh, Co Mayo
Snow in Teenageragh, Kiltimagh, Co Mayo
Snow in Teenageragh, Kiltimagh, Co Mayo
Snow in Mayo - Pic Lorna Larkin
Snow in Mayo - Pic Lorna Larkin

AA Roadwatch have reported that road temperatures are below zero in many areas and as low as -3.7°C on the M7 Dublin/ Limerick Rd near J22 Roscrea.

They have warned drivers that stopping distances in snow and ice "are ten times longer".

"Slow down, drive with extreme care and leave additional time to complete your journey," an AA spokesperson warns. 

Tomorrow, widespread frost is expected to hit the country, and temperatures will plummet to as low as -6 degrees at night over the weekend.

Meanwhile, a rare January hurricane formed in the Atlantic yesterday - the first to form in this month since 1938.

A hurricane warning was issued for Portugal's Azores Islands as Alex's winds speeds reached close to 134 km/h.

The US National Hurricane Centre has reported that Hurricane Alex, currently located over 400 miles south of Faial Island, is expected to move close to the Azores later today.

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