New Years Eve will be 'cold and frosty' as temperatures set to plunge to sub zero
In the aftermath of the catastrophic effects of Storm Frank parts of the country are set to be plunged into sub zero temperatures tonight.
Temperatures are set to dip below zero with Met Eireann predicting some icy patches, sleet and snow in parts.
There will be more rainfall tonight in the south of the country but as it moves its way north through the night, it will fall as sleet or snow in parts of Ulster.
Winds however will continue to die down for the rest of the day.
The cold spell is due to continue into tomorrow, with temperatures seldom going above 5 degrees.
Met Eireann are predicting cold and blustery conditions for New Years Eve.
Strong gusty winds veering W & easing this aft/eve. Heavy shwrs mostly in W & NW, some thundery, becoming isolated later. Cool, highs 5 to 8— Met Éireann (@MetEireann) December 30, 2015
Pat Clarke, meteorologist with MET Eireann told independent.ie: “[It will be a] Cool enough night. Further showers will come through , there could be some hail or sleet showers later on this evening – all area’s are at risk, probably the high ground more so.”
“It will be a cool enough night, but not as cold as tomorrow night – New Years Eve will be a very cold and frosty night, it looks like it will frosty everywhere and from an early stage.
It’s not as clear cut tonight but we are forecasting a risk of icy patches; it will be more localised tonight,” he added.
Tomorrow will be blustery, with showers of hail and rain… there could be a dusting of snow in parts of Connacht and Ulster late tomorrow… Temperatures will be down even below freezing – more wind and rain will come in on Friday, so [the weather] is quite topsy-turvy.
It will become “very windy again in some coastal areas. A band of heavy showers in southern counties will spread northwards during the morning, some showers will merge to longer spells of rain”.
Gerard Flemming, a meteorologist with MET Eireann told the News at One, “We’re by no means out of the woods, but the immediate worst is just about over.”
With widespread flooding, road closures and an estimated 14,000 homes and businesses currently without power, the temperature drop could not come at a worse time.
Paul Hand, senior press officer with the ESB, said “As of this afternoon there are still 14,000 customers without supply – we apologise to customers for the inconvenience caused but do anticipate that all customers will be reconnected by this evening.”