March 'to be the month of many weathers' as Storm Freya hits with unexpected heavy snow

  • Unexpected snow and sleet hit parts of the country
  • Yellow weather warning issued by Met Éireann yesterday morning for Munster, Leinster and a number of counties
  • Warning expired at 8am this morning, however it will continue to be 'cold and showery'
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A car comes off the road near Portlaoise
Laura Lynott

Laura Lynott

March is set to be "the month of many weathers" as the cold and showery weather will continue after Storm Freya's unexpected snow showers.

Thousands of motorists were caught up in traffic chaos and passengers were caught at Dublin Airport yesterday after unexpected snow and sleet hit parts of the country.

The heavy snowfall caused "extremely poor" driving conditions, with some roads impassable and motorways closed, and significant traffic delays were caused on other routes.

A yellow weather warning was issued by Met Éireann yesterday morning for Munster, Leinster, Cavan, Monaghan, Galway and Roscommon.

The Status Yellow snow-ice warning was put in place from 4pm, and was later extended to the entire country to 8am this morning.

Met Eireann forecaster Joan Blackburn said that there is lying snow in places, and it will be a cold and showery day ahead.

"March is the month of many weathers and it certainly deserves that title," she told RTÉ Radio One's Morning Ireland.

"It will continue to be cold and showery with heavy rain showers and snow on higher ground with highest temperatures 5 - 8 degrees."

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"There will be further heavy showers overnight with lows tonight of 1 - 4 degrees."

The windy and rainy weather will continue tomorrow which will lead to some spot flooding, Ms Blackburn said.

Cold, bright, blustery weather is anticipated throughout Wednesday and Thursday and the weekend is expected to be "unsettled and chilly".

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