Wednesday 18 July 2018

Snow and ice weather warning issued as temperatures set to plummet

  • Two national weather warning issued
  • Snow and ice expected
  • Temperatures to plummet to minus 4 degrees
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Two status yellow weather warnings have been issued for the whole country ahead of plummeting temperatures, snow and ice.

The snow and ice warning will come into effect on Friday morning at 5am and remain in place until noon on Saturday.

Scattered snow showers are likely and expected to be most frequent in Ulster and Connacht.

A low temperature warning has also been issued for Ireland with temperatures of minus 4 degrees expected in places.

It will be in place from 11pm on Thursday until 11am Friday.

The cold snap comes following a week of heavy rain which saw homes and businesses flooded in the worst-affected areas.

Hundreds of people were evacuated from their homes in Mountmellick Co Laois in a wide-scale emergency operation on Wednesday.

Homes in Listowel Kerry were also evacuated.

The cold weather is expected to persist over the weekend, with frost and ice expected. Temperatures will stay low during the weekend also.

The Road Safety Authority has advised all road users to be vigilant due to the increased risk of black ice during the cold period.

Cyclists and pedestrians have also been urged to take care.

"Many slips and falls happen in places people regard as safe and secure, typically outside their front door, on the door step, on the path or while getting out of the car. Take extra care," the RSA said.

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