WEATHER WARNING: Met Éireann Snow-Ice Warning as freezing temperatures return

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IRISH WEATHER WARNING: Met Éireann Snow-Ice Warning as freezing temperatures return

WEATHER WARNING: Met Eireann issues Snow Ice Warning for Tuesday

Met Éireann has issued a Status Yellow Snow-Ice weather warning covering Connacht, Cavan, Monaghan, Donegal, Longford and Louth.

Met Éireann says that falls of hail and sleet will occur with snow accumulations mainly on high ground. Lying snow in places below 250 meters. It is also warning of icy patches.

The warning is valid from 12.01am on Tuesday and is place until noon on Wednesday.

NATIONAL IRISH WEATHER FORECAST 

Met Éireann has forecast a few hazy sunny spells on Monday, but mostly cloudy today. Staying dry for a time in the east and south. Rain in the northwest will spread east to all parts later this afternoon and evening. Highest temperatures 9 to 13 degrees. Moderate southwest breezes will freshen.

Rain in the east will clear early tonight to much colder conditions. The rest of the night will have a mix of clear spells and showers.

The showers will become heavy, frequent and wintry - especially across central, northern and western areas with the risk of hail and scattered thunderstorms.

Falls of snow possible on high ground. Lowest temperatures -1 to +3 degrees with widespread sharp frost and icy patches. Northwest winds will become strong and blustery.

Tuesday will continue cold and blustery with sunny spells and showers. The showers will be widespread and locally heavy with falls of hail and many wintry with falls of snow, especially over high ground. A continuing risk of thunder. Highest temperatures of 5 to 8 degrees in fresh gusty northwest winds.

Outlook: Cold and unsettled for the rest of the week, with a mix of bright spells and showers, some of them wintry. 

Tuesday night is expected to be cold, with further showers, some wintry. Most of the showers will be in Atlantic coastal counties, but they will occur in other parts also, especially in parts of the east and southeast. However, many areas will be dry, with clear spells. Minimum temperatures 0 to 4 Celsius, with a risk of frost in places sheltered from a moderate north to northwest wind. (The risk of frost is greatest in the east). 

Wednesday, Thursday and Friday: Cold, with a mix of sunny spells and showers, some heavy and of hail, with a continuing risk of thunder. Some of the showers may be wintry also, especially over high ground.

At night, good clear spells will develop, with most of the showers retreating to western, northern and eastern coastal counties. Temperatures will be two or three degrees below normal, with typical maximum values of 6 to 10 Celsius. Overnight lows will range 0 to 4 Celsius, possibly a little lower in some parts, with a risk of frost.

Wednesday will be quite windy, with moderate to fresh north to northwest winds, strong along Ulster, Connacht and west Munster coasts, but winds on Thursday will be mostly moderate north to northeasterly, decreasing further on Friday, becoming light to moderate easterly or variable by then. A few mist or fog patches may occur on Thursday and Friday nights, with lighter winds.

Weekend: Early indications suggest that temperatures will return close to normal and there will be a good deal of dry weather, with sunny spells. Some further scattered showers also. Winds mostly moderate east to northeast.

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