Met warns of snow, ice and high winds

By Majella O'Sullivan

THE country was covered in a smattering of snow this morning as Met Eireann issued an orange weather alert.

Mayo, Donegal and parts of Galway were particularly affected by the wintry spell.

With showers expected to continue tonight, further accumulations of snow are expected over the western half of the country and Ulster with lowest temperatures reaching only -2C to +2C.

Met Eireann warned that snow falls of up to 8cm were possible in some areas and that strong, gusty winds were on the way.

Forecaster Gerry Murphy said that snow fell in the west and northwest, while sleet has also been reported in the east.

"What's happening today is going to be very cold and showery," he said. "Temperatures will only range between 1 to 4 degrees with blustery south-westerly winds. It will be very cold for all of today and overnight right up until 9am on Wednesday."

Mr Murphy said that temperatures will drop further overnight.


"A status orange weather warning is in place in some parts of the country regarding snowfall, particularly Monaghan and Cavan," he added.

"The other areas should expect between two and four centimetres of snow."

The forecaster warned that strong winds tomorrow will make the air temperature feel colder. And while dry weather and clear spells will prevail today in the east, the north and west of the country can expect the wintry showers to continue tonight and tomorrow.

The day will start off mostly dry with bright and sunny spells but this will give way to windy and stormy conditions.

As we head into the weekend, there will be a severe frost at night with icy stretches on roads, so motorists should drive with extreme care.

Age Action is also urging communities to ensure that their older neighbours remain safe and well in their homes.