Monday 17 December 2018

Snow and ice warning issued as temperatures plunge

Snowy scenes in the Cooley Mountains in County Louth
Snowy scenes in the Cooley Mountains in County Louth

A snow and ice warning has been issued across Ireland with temperatures expected to plunge below zero overnight.

Met Eireann said the orange weather warning will remain in place until 6pm on Friday.

Counties Cavan, Monaghan, Donegal, Longford, Leitrim, Mayo and Sligo are expected to be the worst hit with snowfall likely to cause accumulations of 4 to 8cm.

Forecasters have said temperatures will drop to zero or below overnight for most of the country.

Temperatures will hit as low as minus 3C in the north west throughout Friday.

The public has been warned to beware of icy roads and footpaths.

In Northern Ireland a yellow wind warning was issued for parts of Londonderry and Antrim on Thursday evening.

Gusts of up to 70mph have been predicted.

Yellow warnings for snow and ice have also been issued across the region from midnight on Friday to 6pm on Saturday.

According to the Met Office a covering of snow is possible anywhere by Friday morning with 2-5cm across northern and western counties and up to 10cm possible on high ground in the north west.

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