March is coming... and so is the snow
A wintry mix of rain, hail, sleet and snow is on the way for next week, Met Eireann has warned.
A status orange wind warning has been issued for Donegal, Galway, Leitrim, Mayo and Sligo from Saturday afternoon. A status yellow wind warning has been issued for Dublin, Kildare, Longford, Louth, Wexford, Wicklow, Westmeath, Meath, Roscommon, Clare, Cork, Kerry, Limerick and Waterford
It will be extremely windy from Saturday afternoon through to early Sunday morning.
Temperatures are expected to drop as low as -2 degrees on Sunday and wintry showers are expected to hit.
Rain, hail, and thundery showers are expected but they’ll become increasingly wintry with snow accumulations on Sunday night.
On Monday, temperatures are expected to drop as low as -3 degrees. Accumulations of snow as well as frost and icy patches will continue into Monday night.
More sleet and snow showers will continue on Tuesday night and Wednesday.
The wintry showers are expected to gradually die out later on Wednesday night but it will be cold and dry with a widespread frost.
Forecaster Pat Clarke said: “It’s going to get very cold, some hail, sleet and some snow.”
“Probably in the west to north, there'll be a light covering [of snow] but it’s difficult to see [on the charts] so we’ll be monitoring it.”
“Early next week it will be cold and there’ll be some snow showers. There’s some indication that it’ll become more settled in mid week with high pressure coming through. If that’s true, it will tend to dry out. It would mean very cold, frosty nights though.”
In the meantime, this weekend will see a mix of patchy rain and even gale force winds. Met Eireann is closely monitoring Ireland's forecast and may issue wind warnings for tomorrow.
“It’s very, very mixed. We’re going to have a lot of mixed weather, wintry weather.”
“It’ll be summery coming in from Atlantic today. But tomorrow it'll be extremely gusty, wintry conditions.”
It will become very windy tomorrow evening, with "very strong westerly" gusts.
The Road Safety Authority (RSA) is advising drivers to take extreme care when using the roads as they are expecting wind speeds to reach upwards of 80km/h, with the occasional gusts in excess of 130km/h.
“In particular watch out for falling/fallen debris on the road,” said an RSA spokesperson.
“High sided vehicles and motorcyclists are particularly vulnerable to strong winds.”
Road users are being asked to watch out and make extra space for cyclists and those on motor bikes.
While those traveling at night should keep their headlights dipped and wear bright reflective clothing if they are on foot.