| 9.2°C Dublin

Sleet and snow on the way as icy grip to last until weekend

THE icy conditions are set to continue in Dublin, with Met Eireann saying the temperatures will be between -2C and zero overnight.

"A spell of rain and sleet will develop as the night progresses," the agency said, warning of ice on the roads.

Drivers have been urged to slow down, with temperatures set to plummet as low as -7C later this week.

Met Eireann last night issued a code yellow alert and warned of temperatures of -5C in the Midlands.

The icy grip looks set to stay, with forecasts of snow and increasing winds making conditions raw.

"A very cold regime will be coming over the country in the coming days, and it looks like it will be the weekend before we see any rise in daytime temperatures," said Eoin Sherlock, a forecaster with Met Eireann.

The Road Safety Authority urged drivers to reduce their speed.

Met Eireann warned that ice will form on untreated road surfaces and paths will become slippery and dangerous.

The wintry weather is set to continue tonight with snow accumulations of more than 5cm predicted for some parts of the country by tomorrow morning.

Temperatures could be as low as -6C or -7C degrees over lying snow in Ulster.


There will be further falls of snow in eastern areas tomorrow morning, but drier, brighter weather farther west will extend eastwards and the afternoon will be mainly dry for much of the country.

Dublin will be cloudy and wet in the morning with some rain and hill sleet, but brighter and more showery in the afternoon. The top temperature is expected to be 5C.