Wednesday 26 June 2019

Flurries of sleet and 'wet snow' set to sweep in

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Gareth Morgan

Gareth Morgan

Flurries of sleet and "wet snow" are due to sweep in as the thermometers drop below zero.

After a period of unseasonably mild weather, cold conditions took grip on Wednesday with the possibility of more frosty days to come.

Snow fell across parts of Britain yesterday as freezing wintry conditions grip much of the country.

So far Ireland has escaped the worst of the cold snap, although temperatures have plunged, and last night saw the mercury hover between 0C and 2C.

Met Éireann says that a weather front coming in from the west will bring precipitation.

This could fall as sleet or even snow in parts of Connacht, the midlands and Ulster, according to forecaster Matthew Martin.

But those expecting a thick blanketing could be disappointed.

The weekend is likely to bring cold temperatures that will linger into next week.

"A cold regime for the weekend and well into next week. Temperatures below normal with frost most nights and a high risk of icy patches," a spokesperson for Met Éireann said.

Sunday night is likely to be cold and very frosty overnight, with icy roads.

Temperatures are likely to dip as low as -3C.

"Frost and ice clearing slowly. Mainly dry with sunny spells. Top temperatures 5C to 8C. Cold overnight," the Met Éireann spokesperson added.

The UK Met Office has issued an ice warning for Northern Ireland, as well as most of England and for all of Wales and for southern Scotland.

There are currently no national weather warnings in place for the Republic of Ireland.

Met Éireann will be liaising with local authorities over ice and frost.

Irish Independent

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