Monday 23 April 2018

Met Eireann issue new Status Yellow warning for entire country with sub-zero temperatures on the way

Melanie Krautwvrst out walking her dog Adrian in the snow at Herbert Park today. 18/3/2018
Picture by Fergal Phillips
Melanie Krautwvrst out walking her dog Adrian in the snow at Herbert Park today. 18/3/2018 Picture by Fergal Phillips
Snowy conditions return to the canal in Sallins, Co. Kildare. Photo: Tony Gavin 18/3/2018

Louise Kelly, Denise Calnan and Sean Nolan

Met Eireann have issued a new Status Yellow warning as temperatures are set to plunge across the country tonight.

The Status Yellow Low Temperature warning is for the entire country and it begins at 00.01am on Tuesday.

The warning advises that temperatures could dip as low as -5C in some places tonight, and temperatures of -3C or -4C are widely expected.

The warning runs until 9am on Tuesday.

As for the remainder of Bank Holiday Monday temperatures will range between 3C and 6C this afternoon, even as the country brightens up during the afternoon.

These clearer skies will lead to a very cold night and a severe frost for Tuesday morning.

However, Tuesday will be bright and temperatures will approach more normal levels for the time of year, expecting to hit 7C or 8C in the afternoon before dipping below freezing yet again on Tuesday night.

Yesterday, the Status Orange warning for Dublin, Carlow, Kildare, Kilkenny, Laois, Louth, Wexford, Wicklow, Meath and Waterford saw all these counties experiencing heavy show showers early Sunday. 

The homecoming for Ireland's Grand Slam heroes that was scheduled for 4.30pm at the Aviva Stadium after Saturday's stunning victory over England was cancelled as a result of the weather.

Thousands had been expected to brave the elements to salute a campaign that sailed close to the wind on a couple of occasions before berthing successfully in west London.

A number of St Patrick's Festival events that were scheduled to take place, including the St Patrick's Festival's Big Day Out on Merrion Square and St Patrick's Festival Road Race, were also cancelled due to the adverse weather conditions.

Roads

AA Roadwatch did warn late last night that snow and ice remains on some secondary roads in Wexford and Wicklow.

However, this morning they report that road conditions across the country have 'improved considerably'.

Dublin Airport

Dublin Airport flights are arriving and departing as normal this morning, with no cancellations.

Snowy conditions return to Sallins, Co. Kildare.
Photo: Tony Gavin 18/3/2018
Snowy conditions return to Sallins, Co. Kildare. Photo: Tony Gavin 18/3/2018
Snowy conditions return to Sallins, Co. Kildare. Photo: Tony Gavin 18/3/2018
Snowy conditions return to Sallins, Co. Kildare. Photo: Tony Gavin 18/3/2018
Snowy conditions return to Sallins, Co. Kildare. Photo: Tony Gavin 18/3/2018
Snowy conditions at Sallins railway station. Photo: Tony Gavin 18/3/2018
Snowy conditions return to Sallins, Co. Kildare. Photo: Tony Gavin 18/3/2018
Snowy conditions return to Sallins, Co. Kildare. Photo: Tony Gavin 18/3/2018
Snowy conditions return to the canal in Sallins, Co. Kildare. Photo: Tony Gavin 18/3/2018
Snowy conditions return to Sallins railway station in County Kildare. Photo: Tony Gavin 18/3/2018
Snowy conditions return to Sallins, Co. Kildare. Photo: Tony Gavin 18/3/2018

Dublin Bus

Dublin Bus say that all services will operate as normal this morning, Monday March 19.

Irish Rail/Luas 

Irish Rail say that they will be operating a Bank Holiday schedule.

However, there will be no service between Newbridge and Grand Canal Dock and Docklands Station is closed.

Events

Wexford's Allianz Hurling League quarter-final, which had been rescheduled to take place at Wexford Park today, has been rescheduled for next weekend.

Tipperary's quarter-final clash with Dublin, also cancelled on Sunday and rescheduled for Monday, has also been postponed again. Re-fixture details are to be released on Tuesday.

However, Offaly's clash with Kilkenny and Limerick's game with Clare are expected to go ahead today.

The Division 2A final between Westmeath and Carlow, scheduled for O'Moore Park, has also been cancelled.

In football the meeting of Louth and Meath in Division 2 has been postponed again today.

And two SSE Airtricity League games due to be played today have also been cancelled.

They are Bray's game against Waterford and St Pat's clash with Sligo Rovers.

Advice to road-users from Road Safety Authority:

  • Road users are asked to check local weather and traffic reports before making journeys
  • Remove all snow from your vehicle before commencing your journey
  • Clear windows and mirrors before you set out, use a screen scraper and de-icer
  • Do not use hot water on the windscreen as it can crack the glass
  • In snow and icy conditions slow down, use all controls delicately and leave extra distance between you and the vehicle in front
  • Do not drive on the tail-lights of the vehicle in front (Target Fixing)
  • Use dipped headlights at all times, and fog lights in heavy snow to ensure you are seen by other motorists
  • Watch out for vulnerable road users such as pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists and allow extra space

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