Met Éireann snow weather warning as wintry cold grips again

Conor Ganly


Conor Ganly


Met Éireann Weather Warning .

Met Éireann Weather Warning .

Snow, ice and wind weather warnings have issued by Met Éireann as cold wintry conditions take hold once again.

Met Éireann has issued two Status Yellow Warnings.

A wind warning is in place for Donegal, Galway, Leitrim, Mayo, Sligo, Clare, Cork, Kerry and Limerick. Westerly winds veering Northwest will reach at times 55-60 km/hr near coastal fringes. 

The warning is valid from Wednesday, January 31 6am to just before midnight on Wednesday, January 

A Yellow warning is also in place for snow and ice for Cavan, Monaghan, Donegal, Louth and Leitrim. There is a risk of snow showers, especially over high ground, leading to accumulations up to 3cm.

The warning is valid from 3am Wednesday, January 31 to 3pm Wednesday, January 31.


Showers are expected to turn to hail or sleet and some snow likely over high ground in the North on Tueday night. Lowest temperatures 0 to 3 degrees with some frost in sheltered spots by dawn and the risk of icy patches.

Wednesday will be a cold, very blustery and showery day. The showers will be mainly over the west and north during the morning but they will extend nationwide in the afternoon with occasional hail and sleet and some snow on Northern hills. Some thunder is likely also. Highest temperatures of 4 to 7 degrees in strong and gusty West to Northwest winds with gales in exposed coastal areas.

It will continue cold, windy and blustery on Wednesday night, with widespread showers. Many heavy and some falling as hail or sleet. Any snow should be confined to northern hills. Lowest temperatures zero to 3 C. In the strong and gusty northwesterly wind, it will feel even colder. 

Thursday will be a cold, windy day, with bright or sunny spells and occasional showers. These mostly of rain, but a few hail showers can be expected too.  Top temperatures in the range 6 to 9 C., but feeling colder, in a fresh to strong and gusty northwesterly wind. 

Thursday night will be a cold, frosty night, with clearing skies and moderating winds. Lowest temperatures -2 to plus 2 C., with a hard frost and some icy surfaces. But cloud will increase in western areas before morning. 

Frost clearing during Friday morning, with some hazy sunshine for a time. Top temperatures 6 to 9 C. But cloudy, damp weather is expected to spread from the Atlantic, during the afternoon and evening. The rain light at first, but will turn heavy and persistent for a time overnight.

A windy night, fresh and gusty southwest to west winds will increase strong in places. More showery weather looks set to follow from the Atlantic later in the night and early Saturday morning. 

Cold and showery this weekend. Windy at first, with strong and gusty northwest winds, but winds should moderate during Sunday. 

Showers are likely to be fairly widespread and often heavy on Saturday, especially in northern and western areas, where some will be of hail or sleet. Highs of just 4 to 7 C. 

Some rain showers on Sunday, but these should be more scattered, with more in the way of bright or sunny spells. Highs of 6 to 9 C., with winds moderate to fresh northwesterly.