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We're in for more heavy snow warns Met Office

Dublin is bracing itself for further snowfall with freezing cold conditions returning to the capital, Met Eireann warned today.

Very cold nights, rain, sleet and snow and unsettled weather are on the cards for the rest of the week.

Heavy falls of snow around New Year's Day caused major disruption for weeks, with local authorities struggling to cope with major disruption to roads and water supplies.

Now there is a "high risk" of heavy snowfalls in inland areas of Leinster and Munster tomorrow as a frontal system moves up from the south, a forecaster said.

"It's looking quite ominous for tomorrow," the forecaster told the Herald today.

"We had an extremely cold night last night. It was the fourth coldest night in Dublin on record, with a low of -6.6°C," he said.

Tonight will continue dry, but very cold with widespread severe frost returning, the Met Office said.

Lowest temperatures will range from zero to -5°C, coldest across the midlands and north. A freshening easterly wind will clear frost from southern coastal areas later in the night.

"Tomorrow there will be a frontal system moving up from the south with rain by tomorrow morning," the forecaster said.

The front will take nearly a day to cover all of Munster and Leinster but there is a "high risk" of snow in inland areas.

"There is a high risk of snow in inland parts of Dublin, which may be combined with rain and sleet, with west Dublin particularly at risk," the forecaster added.

Wednesday will be cloudy with further outbreaks of rain, and it'll be cold with strong northeast winds, while Wednesday night will be mainly dry, but very cold.

Thursday will be mostly cloudy again with more heavy rain spreading from the south, again possibly preceded by sleet or snow inland. Easterly winds will be strong and gusty too, with temperatures staying in low single figures, it said.

mlavery@herald.ie


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