Wednesday 17 October 2018

Snow-ice warning in place for entire country for two days as strong winds are also forecast

  • Two weather warnings in place until tomorrow evening
  • Showers of sleet and snow expected this afternoon
  • Gales forecast along coastal areas
  • Snow-ice warning in place until 8pm Thursday, wind warning in place until 10pm Thursday
Snow in the Wicklow mountains (December 11) Picture by Fergal Phillips
Snow in the Wicklow mountains (December 11) Picture by Fergal Phillips
Erin (7), Aéla (2) and Finn (5) Murtagh from Co. Longford. Photo: Damien Eagers
The Great Sugar Loaf covered in snow today Wicklow. 11/12/2017 Picture by Fergal Phillips
People brave the winds and rain on Howth Pier at the height of Hurricane Ophelia Picture Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin.

Sean Nolan and Denise Calnan

A snow-ice nationwide warning will begin today and remain in place for more than 24 hours.

Met Éireann reported the Status Yellow snow-ice warning to be in place from 11am today until 8pm tomorrow evening.

They have also issued a Status Yellow wind warning for counties Galway, Mayo, Clare, Cork, Kerry and Limerick.

This warning begins at noon and will run until 10pm tomorrow tonight.

Forecasters said we can expect "frequent blustery showers, some of them heavy and prolonged, with a risk of hail and thunder."

Showers of sleet and snow are also expected later this afternoon. and gales along west and southwest coasts.

Accumulations are expected to be in the region of 3cm and the north west of the country is predicted to bear the worst of the conditions.

Met Eireann also warned of slippery roads and paths due to the snow and ice, especially in sheltered areas.

The forecasters say that the winds will have a mean speed of 45 to 65 kph and there will be gusts of up to 85kph.

Western areas will be worst affected.

The counties covered by this wind warning are among those hit hardest by Storm Ophelia just two months ago.

During the cold snap this week, temperatures sank to as low as -8C with the worst of the weather hitting Connacht, Leinster and Ulster, though parts of Munster also experienced snowfalls.

The heaviest snowfalls hit Connacht and Leinster, with up to 10cm in places.

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