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The snow goes... but get set for a chilly wet Easter

DUBLIN got a respite from the rain and sleet today -- but the cold snap will last throughout the Easter weekend.

Wintry weather disrupted traffic in some northern and midlands areas early today after rain, sleet and snow hit almost all areas overnight.

But conditions in the East began to clear as it brightened up today, with widespread showers expected later giving way to a cold and frosty night.

Met Eireann said it would stay cold tomorrow with further showers but with sunny spells, too.


Heavy rain, snow and gale force winds overnight knocked out electricity supplies and made driving conditions hazardous in parts of the country.

The ESB reported 25,000 households without electricity due to storm damage and high winds that brought down power lines. The areas hit by storm damage included Donegal, Cavan, Monaghan, Portlaoise and Tullamore. A number of ferry sailings on the Irish Sea were cancelled.

Met Eireann said today that rain would spread into Munster early on Good Friday morning, gradually extending northwards to all parts of the country. Easterly winds will keep temperatures below normal. Rain was expected to continue intermittently during Friday night and finally clear from the Leinster coast on Saturday morning.

Saturday is expected to become a brighter day but also showery and temperatures staying low in the northerly winds. Saturday night will be cold and frosty.

Easter Sunday will be a fairly dry and bright day.

But towards Sunday evening, rain will develop on the west coast and extend across the country during the early part of Sunday night. The weather will get milder for Easter Monday, but the outlook is for heavy rain again on Monday night and during Tuesday.