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Snow today in Leitrim. Submitted by Nuala McCarthy of Tawnylust Lodge.

Snow today in Leitrim. Submitted by Nuala McCarthy of Tawnylust Lodge.

Snow falling in Manorhamilton. Co. Leitrim this morning. Photo: Dervilla Keegan/Leitrim Tourism Network

Snow falling in Manorhamilton. Co. Leitrim this morning. Photo: Dervilla Keegan/Leitrim Tourism Network

Snow on Sliabh Cairn outside Kiltimagh, Co Mayo. Picture: Caitlin Woods

Snow on Sliabh Cairn outside Kiltimagh, Co Mayo. Picture: Caitlin Woods

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Snow today in Leitrim. Submitted by Nuala McCarthy of Tawnylust Lodge.

The heavy rainfall of the last few days has turned to snow in many counties across the country.

The white stuff has already been reported in locations in Donegal, Sligo, Leitrim and Mayo today as temperatures drop as low as -4C.

Last night, weather forecasters issued yellow weather warnings as the storm which hit the country last night turned to snow and ice.

This warning ran until 10am this morning, with Ulster and Connaught bearing the brunt of the wintry showers.

AA Roadwatch and gardai have appealed for motorists to drive with extra care as low temperatures could result in icy conditions on the roads, especially on untreated secondary routes.

Met Eireann have said that the frost and icy stretches will clear as the day progresses.

But despite the sunshine and mainly dry weather, a risk of thunderstorms still remains.

"Showers that will develop later this evening will turn wintry and heavy, mainly over higher ground in the north and northwest regions," a spokesperson for the national forecaster told independent.ie.

Met Eireann have said that the frost and icy stretches will clear as the day progresses.

But despite the sunshine and mainly dry weather, a risk of thunderstorms still remains.

"Showers that will develop later this evening will turn wintry and heavy, mainly over higher ground in the north and northwest regions," a spokesperson for the national forecaster said.

But Tuesday will see a return of cold north-westerly winds before milder weather returns later in the week.

However, forecasters still say it's still too early to say if we will have a White Christmas.

A clear-up was under way this week following Wednesday's storm, with tiles ripped from the roofs of buildings in Bundoran during the 'weather bomb' low pressure storm.

At one stage more than 2,000 homes in Co Donegal were left without power but most had supplies restored by the early hours of yesterday by ESB Networks staff who worked through the night.

Crews fixed the last of the faults in Greencastle in Inishowen and Aghagad in Co Sligo by late last night.

Scotland, the North and northern parts of England have been placed on alert for significant snowfalls this weekend.e.


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