Sunday 22 September 2019

'It was a short-lived affair' - Ireland's brush with the polar weather to end abruptly

(Stock photo)
(Stock photo)

Mary McDonnell

Forecasters have said "the worst of it is over" after a yellow snow-ice warning was put in place across the country over the weekend.

Temperatures are expected to rise and experts are predicting there’s a dry week ahead with only scattered showers in the West and North.

Met Eireann’s Vincent O’Shea told "It is going to get less cold. I wouldn’t use the word warm, but it will be milder. The worst of it is over. It’s already cleared everywhere.

"I want to emphasise the frost is effectively gone. It’s going to be a much milder day today than in recent days. It will be a mild day everywhere. It was a short-lived affair.”

Met Eireann has predicted it’s going to be a dry week with temperatures climbing to between 9 and 12C.

"It won’t be warm exactly but generally speaking it will be dry," said Mr O’Shea. "(There will be) coldish nights but nothing out of the ordinary.

"There’ll be a lot of dry weather over the coming week. There’s not much rain expected. There’ll be showers at times but mainly in the North. Some places won’t see any rain at all for a few days – like Cork and Dublin."

It’s predicted coastal areas in the southwest will be hit with gale force 8 winds tonight with a status yellow warning in place.

Strong winds are expected to hit Loop Head, Erris Head and Malin Head before extending to all coastal areas tonight.

While forecasters have said the frost is "effectively gone", officially a status yellow weather warning remains in place across Ireland this morning until 10am.

Motorists are being urged to take care if they come across icy conditions.

AA Roadwatch has issued a warning to drivers that frost is likely across the country.

"Remember stopping distances are 10 times longer on snow and ice and gentle manoeuvres are the key to safe driving," they advised.

"Use major routes as they are more likely to have been gritted than secondary routes."

The cold snap first hit the country on Friday.

Pictures and videos posted on Twitter showed a snow-capped Croagh Patrick Friday morning and snowfall along the Mayo/Sligo border.

Video also showed a Mayo village had been transformed into a winter wonderland.

As the frost clears this afternoon, forecasters expect scattered outbreaks of rain in the West, becoming heavy in the northwest.

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