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Bitterly cold spell won't last beyond weekend

SNOW and sleet fell in the west last night as Met Eireann warned that the weekend will be bitterly cold with temperatures plummeting to -6C.

Showers of snow fell in counties Limerick, Clare, Roscommon and Kerry and more is expected to fall in the midlands today, making driving conditions treacherous. Temperatures fell to almost -4C yesterday afternoon, and it was below freezing in Monaghan and Roscommon, where black ice was reported.

Gardai last night urged motorists to slow down and take extra care on the roads because of icy conditions.

Met Eireann said that rain, sleet and snow would move across Munster and Leinster today, but that warmer weather would return on Monday. It has issued a weather warning for the weekend.

"There's rain, sleet and snow moving across Munster and Leinster and there will be snow in high ground and in some inland counties, including parts of the midlands, north and mid-Munster," forecaster Jim O'Brien said.

"Saturday temperatures will range from 1-5C during the day, and down to -4C. Sunday looks like being largely dry.

"Temperatures will range from 1-5C.

"A band of rain will cross the country on Monday, but temperatures will increase at the start of next week, rising to 11C on Tuesday -- slightly above average," he said.

Irish Independent