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
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.
LOW TEMPERATURE WARNING and— Met Éireann (@MetEireann) November 23, 2017
SNOW-ICE WARNING issued by Met Éireann
Low Temp warning valid Thurs 11pm to Fri 11am
Snow-Ice warning valid 5am Fri to 12pm Sat
Check here for latest updates:https://t.co/LIC2EnKayX pic.twitter.com/ccCOJjoLqV
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.
Cold & breezy this evening & many areas dry but heavy wintry showers will continue over parts of Connacht and Ulster.— Met Éireann (@MetEireann) November 23, 2017
Heavy showers tonight of hail, sleet & snow, over parts of Connacht and Ulster otherwise dry and clear.
A very cold night with a widespread sharp to severe frost pic.twitter.com/pyhFQdHF3k
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.
With a risk of snow and ice in the coming days, remember to exercise additional caution when driving and that your stopping distance will increase significantly. For more advice on driving in icy conditions check out our blog: https://t.co/C0zghHeJjS pic.twitter.com/skSaMxrZcA— theAA.ie (@TheAAie) November 23, 2017
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.