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Wednesday 13 December 2017

Brace yourself: Met Éireann warns of icy weather, heavy winds and snow

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The weather is expected to turn very cold this week with a risk of sleet and snow.
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A weather warning has been issued for Ireland ahead of icy temperatures and fears of blizzard like conditions.

Met Eireann has issued a weather warning as a polar front is due to bring about a sharp drop in temperatures due to a polar front from Iceland which is due to settle over the country.

Temperatures could drop as much as -5C.

A status yellow warning has been issued, which is due to come into effect on Wednesday at 6pm and last until Saturday.

The warning comes ahead of “very cold wintry weather” which is due to develop from Wednesday night onwards.

“Showers will turn wintry in many places, from Wednesday evening to Saturday, with falls of sleet and snow expected,” Met Eireann said.

“The heaviest of the snow fall is most likely over Ulster, Connacht, north Leinster and west Munster and especially so on high ground.”

A wind warning is also currently in place in Donegal, Leitrim, Mayo and Sligo as winds of up to 65km are expected, which will give gusts of between 90kmph and 110 kmph.

Drivers have also been asked to slow down

Along with frigid temperatures and bitterly cold winds giving blizzard-like conditions, significant snowfalls are expected in the north and north-west.

Drivers have also been asked to reduce their speed and take care on roads due to the adverse weather conditions.

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