Thursday 22 March 2018

'Bitterly cold' weather is here to stay as -3C temperatures to bring snow and ice

Frost at the National Botanic Gardens
Frost at the National Botanic Gardens
Some snow flurries may occur with Met Eireann warning of a sharp ground frost and icy stretches on roads

Sarah-Jane Murphy

THE cold snap is showing no signs of waning, as several parts of the country experienced sub-zero temperatures last night.

Today will also be very cold and windy with heavy showers, possibly of sleet.

It will become dry by early afternoon, with crisp winter sunshine and fresh to strong northwesterly winds.

Temperatures will range between 4 and 7 degrees Celsius but it will feel colder with the added effect of the wind chill.

Most areas of the country will have a cold, dry and clear night but showers will affect Atlantic coastal areas in Munster and Connaught.

Some snow flurries may occur with Met Eireann warning of a sharp ground frost and icy stretches on roads.

It will be very cold with temperatures of zero to -3 degrees Celsius.

Tomorrow will by cloudy and breezy with widespread showers in all areas.

Again these showers could fall as sleet or snow, especially on higher ground.

It will be bitterly cold with highest temperatures of just 2 to 6 degrees Celsius.

Tomorrow night it will remain very cold with frost and ice in most areas.

There will be long dry spells with clear skies but some scattered showers too. A few of the showers will turn wintry, with the odd snow flurry possible anywhere across the country.

Lowest temperatures of 0 to -2 degree Celsius, coldest across the north and east of the country.

As regards the rest of the week there is no end in sight to the chilly conditions with frost, ice, sleet and possibly snow on the horizon.

Gardai say frost and ice are a problem on routes around Carlow Town, Cork City and Monaghan.

Motorists have been advised to slow down and drive with extra care.

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