Weather warning as heavy snowfalls on the way
Published 20/02/2010 | 05:00
WINTER isn't ready just yet to release its icy grip as the country is set to shiver in sub-zero temperatures well into next week.
Met Eireann has issued a weather warning, with up to 5cm of snow expected to fall in low-lying parts of Munster and south Leinster this evening and up to 10cm at higher levels.
While the southern half of the country is most at risk, there is also the chance of few isolated wintry showers elsewhere.
Snow showers fell yesterday over western parts of Munster, into Connacht and over Ulster, with Co Mayo transformed into a winter wonderland.
Forecaster Gerry Scully warned that temperatures would remain "well below normal" for the weekend and into next week. "It looks like this cold spell of weather is going to last well into next week. There will be top temperatures of three to six or seven degrees during the daytime and it will be very cold and frosty by night, with sub-zero temperatures virtually countrywide," he added.
Motorists have been urged to take extra care over the weekend as night-time temperatures plummet to as low as -6C, leading to severe frosts and ice.
The cold spell is due to a low-pressure system lying over the North Sea that is directing frigid air down over Ireland.
While tomorrow and Monday will have a good deal of dry weather with some sunny spells, there will still be some scattered wintry showers of rain, hail, sleet or snow. These are expected to mainly affect coastal counties of the north and west.
On Tuesday, showers of rain and sleet will develop in the south before gradually spreading northwards during the evening and night.