Sunday 18 March 2018

Snow, icy patches and heavy rain all expected as February set for wintry start

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Kathy Armstrong

Wrap up warm as snow, heavy showers and icy patches are all forecast, while temperatures are set to drop as low as -2C over the coming days.

February will begin with bitterly cold and unsettled weather, Met Eireann has warned.

It's not good news if you're hoping to embrace the outdoors this weekend as rain, sleet and strong winds are all expected.

Met Eireann Forecaster Joan Blackburn told "It's cold today, there is bright sunshine in places but also heavy showers and thunderstorms, it really is a mixture of sunshine and showers.

"It's going to be a cold dry night generally tonight, it should be a cold, frosty start tomorrow morning and there could be some icy patches."

Met Eireann has said that the heaviest showers today will mainly be in Connacht, Ulster and west Munster, there may also be hail and isolated thunderstoms.

While temperatures are set to reach 8C today, the mercury is expected to drop as low as -2C tonight.

Ms Blackburn said that although tomorrow will have a cold start, it will get milder in the evening.

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"That'll clear during the morning, there will be a good deal of sunshine tomorrow and it should be dry virtually everywhere.

"We will see the clouds lifting in the afternoon and there will be rain moving in from the Atlantic and spreading across the country tomorrow evening and tomorrow night.

"Tomorrow is going to be cold, it will get a little bit milder in the evening and going through the night but then it will be back to being cold weather on Saturday.

"Saturday will be a bit like today, there will be some sunshine, showers and hail, as you would expect in the winter time really.

"The showers will mainly be in western and northern coastal counties during the morning but they will become widespread in the afternoon," Ms Blackburn said.

Met Eireann has said that Sunday will be "very frosty" until mid-morning but it will be dry and bright for most of the day, with highest temperatures of 7C.

Ms Blackburn said: "The forecast for next week is that you would expect it to stay cold, there might be some wintry spells at times, there will be some precipitation and unsettled spells.

"There is a risk of snow, it is unlikely that we will have any today or tomorrow, there could be some on higher ground tomorrow evening.

"Certainly as you go through next week though there is a risk of winter precipitation."

A statement on Met Eireann's website said that we may have more snow on Monday.

"Monday: Another frosty start to the day but otherwise bright and dry for the morning.

"Rain spreading eastwards in the afternoon and evening; rain may fall as sleet or snow for a time during the early part of the night; rain finally clearing the east coast later in the night."

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