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Now it's snow and ice on the way in the wake of Storm Jorge mayhem


Dublin Fire Brigade working on a fallen tree after the storm

Dublin Fire Brigade working on a fallen tree after the storm

Dublin Fire Brigade working on a fallen tree after the storm

No respite is in sight after Storm Jorge's rampage across the country on Saturday as wintry showers and thunderstorms look set to batter the nation today.

Make sure to wrap up warm as Met Eireann has issued a status yellow warning for widespread frost and icy patches.

The forecaster has predicted rain showers in the west, which will spread throughout the country by the afternoon.

These could turn wintry with a risk of isolated thunderstorms followed by long spells of rain, sleet and snow in northern parts while temperatures drop to around 0C or 1C.

Met Eireann forecaster Joan Blackburn said another snow and ice warning is likely to be issued this evening.

"There will be showers overnight in western areas and they will be there around the morning as well, and the showers will be generally a mix of rain, hail, even some sleet and the odd snow shower during the night and early morning," she said.

"Then those showers become more widespread in the afternoon. They'll be mostly of rain or hail but there will be some snow showers. In the evening, these showers will give prolonged rain or sleet in northern counties.


"There's a risk of isolated thunderstorms. Usually when you get very heavy showers the risk of isolated thunderstorms goes with that.

"There will be frost and icy patches over the next couple of nights, and while there's no bands of rain crossing the country there will be showers.

"There will be a snow and ice warning put in place until it sort of warms up a little bit and there'll be another one for the evening and tomorrow night."

Meanwhile, the National Emergency Coordination Group met yesterday to discuss the damage left behind following Storm Jorge.

The group said the west coast took the brunt of the storm and confirmed some areas are experiencing flooding in the aftermath of heavy rainfall causing rivers to overflow, but no major incidents or injuries to the public or emergency services were reported.

Emergency services were out in force across the country yesterday to clear up the damage.

Firefighters from Dublin Fire Brigade's Tara Street station were alerted to hoardings that had fallen down and hit a parked car in the north city centre.

They have spent the weekend clearing up fallen trees across the city.

"I was working during the storm. Units from Tallaght and Blanchardstown were out with Fingal County Council and the ESB at a couple of locations between Castleknock and Porterstown at trees that had come down," station officer Darren O'Connor told the Herald.


"One tree beside Luttrellstown fell on overhead cables resulting in the road being closed for some time until we could kill the power and get council crews with chainsaws in to remove the tree.

"Units from Tara Street were out Sunday morning to remove some hoarding that had fallen on a couple of cars, but only minor damage was caused."