WEATHER WARNING

New snow ice weather warning as nasty winter spell shows no signs of let up

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Snow in Portlaoise in late 2017.

A new snow ice weather warning is in force with Met Éireann saying hail, rain and snow will continue to sweep the country in bitter temperatures while the forecast is for a continuation of the unsettled spell. 

The forecaster warns of a continued risk of scattered snow showers. The showers most frequent in Ulster and Connacht.

The warning is valid from 10am Thursday, January 18 to noon Friday, January 19. 

Laois and other Leinster counties have escaped the worst of the snow but has been hit wind, rain and low temperatures over the past week.

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In its forecast Met Éireann says it will be a cold and breezy day on Thursday with sunny spells and showers. The showers will be a mix of rain, hail, sleet, and snow. There is a slight risk of thunder. Highest temperatures generally 2 to 6 degrees with moderate to fresh and gusty west to northwest winds but strong along Atlantic coasts.

Thursday night features showers of rain, hail, sleet and snow. The showers will turn heavy in the north and northwest of the country where some further accumulations of snow are likely.

There is a slight risk of thunder also. Cold with frost and icy patches in sheltered areas, with slippery surfaces also. Lowest temperatures of -1 to +2 degrees with moderate to fresh westerly winds but strong along Atlantic coasts.

Friday will continue cold with sunny spells and showers, wintry showers becoming confined to northern areas by afternoon. Highest temperatures of 3 to 7 degrees. Winds fresh to strong and gusty west to northwest in direction, but reaching gale force along coasts of the north and northwest for a time.

Friday night is set to be cold with frost and icy patches developing in many areas. Rain will develop in the southwest towards morning. Lowest temperatures of -2 to +2 degrees. 

Saturday is likely to start off mainly dry cold with frost with frost and ice or a time. Rain in the southwest is expected to gradually spread northeastwards falling as sleet for a time. Highest temperatures of 2 to 4 degrees over much of the north and east. Milder in Munster and south Connacht with highs of 7 to 10 degrees. On Saturday night, heavier rain will spread from the southwest. 

Sunday will start off wet in most areas but the rain will clear eastwards during he morning with sunshine and showers following for the rest of the day. Highest temperatures of 8 to 12 degrees with fresh, gusty westerly winds. On Sunday night, another band of persistent or heavy rain will move across the country with a risk of strong winds developing. 

Monday is expected to be a bright and breezy day with sunny spells and a few showers. Highest temperatures of 7 to 10 degrees with moderate to fresh west to southwest winds. 

However, current indications suggest that the rest of next week will be unsettled with bands of rain or showers crossing the country along with strong winds at times. Day time temperatures will range from around 7 to 11 degrees.