Ireland to shiver for weekend but milder weather coming
IRELAND will continue to shiver over the weekend with low temperatures and wintery showers becoming more widespread.
Met Eireann today issued a a warning about widespread ice on untreated roads and footpaths around the country.
Freezing fog is also forecast – especially in the midlands – and AA Roadwatch today urged motorists to slow down.
Parts of the country woke up to snow and heavy rain today in the latest of the bad weather in the run up to Christmas.
Met Eireann said tonight would be cold with frost in many areas with icy patches. There will be wintry showers of rain, hail and sleet in most places tomorrow, some heavy and possibly thundery.
Many roads will be very icy throughout the night.
Irish Water Safety warned the public about the dangers from floodwaters and the possibility of drowning accidents.
Another Atlantic depression was due to approach Ireland this weekend bringing more torrential rain. But the good news from Met Eireann is that the mercury may rise slightly next week.
"At the moment it looks like the early days of next week will become milder," the weather service said.
Repair crews were working round-the-clock last night to tackle severe damage caused to the phone grid by the Arctic storms.
The Society of St Vincent de Paul yesterday appealed to people to check on their elderly neighbours during the freezing conditions.