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Sunday 22 July 2018

Snow, wintry showers and gales on the way as temperatures plummet to sub-zero

Winter storm is approaching
Winter storm is approaching

Ian Begley and Sasha Brady

Don't put those woolly hats and scarves away just yet - a sub-zero winter storm is expected to hit the country this week.

Met Eireann said gales and polar showers will sweep across the country from tonight, with risks of flooding on Atlantic coasts.

The west and north are expected to be the worst affected.

According to the national forecaster, temperatures will plummet to a low of -1C.

Tonight will be very windy, with showers turning increasingly cold.

Tomorrow will be even more severe, bringing a combination of hail, sleet and snow, with a possibility of thunder.

A status yellow warning issued for wintry showers, possibly leading to snow in parts of the country, will be valid from 6am on Tuesday until 3am on Wednesday.

A status yellow wind warning has also been issued for Galway, Mao, Sligo, Clare, Cork, Kerry and Limerick.

The wind warning will come into effect at 9pm tonight and will remain until 3am on Wednesday.

Depression

A Met Eireann spokesman said that the weather will take a further turn on Wednesday.

"There is potential for severe weather on Wednesday night and into Thursday, with a deepening depression approaching," he said.

"There will be even more strong winds and heavy rain.

"If the deepening depression takes over, it might be milder for a little while before turning cold again for the second half of the week.

"There is no need for a weather warning yet, but the west and north will be the worst hit."

Met Eireann added that there is still a possibility that Dublin will be hit by wintry showers.

"Temperatures in Dublin will be 3C to 5C during the day and just below freezing at night," said the spokesman.

"There will probably not be snow in Dublin, but I can't say for certain.

"In other parts of the country there may be heavy snow in local areas, especially on high ground."

Meanwhile, AA Rescue is warning that a big increase in breakdowns is possible early this week.

"Whenever we talk about a dip in weather conditions, older cars or those with less reliable batteries are always the first to feel the impact," said the AA's director of consumer affairs Conor Faughnan.

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