February comes in with a chill - wintry conditions set to continue
FEBRUARY is on the way - but there is no sign that the recent wintry weather is on the way out.
Cold conditions and snow will be particularly prominent in Ulster, Connacht and west Munster this weekend as temperatures are set to drop as low as -5 over the coming days.
Met Eireann has warned motorists to be extremely careful over the weekend as severe frost and icy patches will develop in most areas, particularly at night.
“Today will remain very cold and windy with a risk of scattered sleet showers, particularly on higher ground," said a spokesperson for Met Eireann.
"Tonight will see the cold weather continue as temperatures could drop to -3C in places."
There is also a yellow wind warning currently in place for most coastal counties.
Tonight will also see some spells of heavy snow hit certain parts of the country.
“There will be prominent snowfall and sleet showers in Ulster, Connacht and west Munster,” said a spokesperson for Met Eireann. “That's not to say that there will be no snow elsewhere, it's just set to be particularly heavy in those areas come nightfall,” Met Eireann continued.
“Tonight and Sunday night will be very frosty. We had a cold wind, particularly in the last couple of nights, which stopped a huge amount of frost setting in, but the wind will ease off, giving way to frosty conditions in many areas, tonight and tomorrow night."
Tomorrow will be cold and bright with good sunny spells. Many areas will be dry. However, scattered wintry showers of hail, sleet and snow will continue to affect parts of Ulster, Connacht and west Munster, according to the forecaster.
“There'll be a few wintry showers of sleet and snow overnight come Sunday, mainly in parts of Ulster. And again, frost and icy patches will develop in many areas,” the spokesperson continued.
The national forecaster said the cold spell would continue right into next week. "Temperatures are set to remain very cold over the next few days. Monday will be very cold temperatures between just 2C and 5C, outbreaks of sleet and snow will again affect parts of Ulster, Connacht and west Munster. On Monday night, sleet and snow will spread southwards, and affect many areas. “
Temperatures will plunge again on Tuesday and Wednesday nights, hitting between -4C and -5C.