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Friday 30 September 2016

Wrap up warm - winter is finally coming with snow showers forecast

Sarah-Jane Murphy

Published 09/01/2016 | 11:28

Frost at the National Botanic Gardens
Frost at the National Botanic Gardens
'Frost flowers' spotted in woodland in Lough Key Forest Park near Boyle, Co Roscommon.

Dig out the gloves, scarves and hats, as next week will be the coldest weather to hit Ireland so far this winter.

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Met Eireann told Independent.ie that we can expect wintry showers over the coming days, with some areas experiencing falls of sleet and snow.

They have also forecast severe frost and icy stretches on roads.

However the news is not all bad, as despite the single-digit temperatures all areas will enjoy crisp winter sunshine, and the driest weather the country has experienced in some time.

"December 2015 was one of the mildest and wettest on record," said Siobhan Ryan of Met Eireann. 

"We can now expect much colder and much drier weather throughout the country."

Heavy and prolonged showers are likely this evening for east and southeast coastal counties and there is a risk of spot flooding.

Fog will develop in some areas.

It will be chilly, with lowest temperatures of -1 to +2 degrees Celsius.

Tomorrow, Sunday, will be cold and blustery with sunny intervals.

There will be scattered passing heavy showers, mainly affecting western and northwestern areas, where some may be prolonged and possibly thundery.

Afternoon temperatures will range from just 4 to 8 degrees Celsius, with fresh southwest winds.

Frost will develop on Sunday night  where skies are clear, with sub zero temperatures and some icy patches.

Monday will be extremely cold especially in midland and northern counties, with afternoon temperatures of 3 to 5 degrees Celsius and winds becoming northerly.

It will be bright with some sunny breaks.

There will be showers especially in western and northern areas with some of sleet or snow in places.

Expect cold and frosty conditions overnight with overnight lows of 0 to -3 degrees Celsius with a severe frost.

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