Met Éireann is forecasting a cold end to 2020 with snow and frost in the forecast issued as Storm Bella continues to impact.
Met Éireann says the run into New Year's Day features wintry conditions. The forecaster has already issued a snow ice weather warning.
"It will be a cold end to 2020 with frosty nights. There will be some wintry showers, however, it will be reasonably dry away from Atlantic coastal counties," said the summary outlook.
Met Éireann has issued a snow and ice warning for eight counties.
Longford, Cavan, Monaghan, Donegal, Louth, Leitrim, Roscommon and Sligo are all at risk of snow and ice today and tonight, with wintry showers expected.
The warning is in place from 6am Sunday until 7am Monday, December 28. MORE BELOW TWEETS.
As Storm Bella sinks southwards during today, cold northwesterly winds cover Ireland and the cold wintry conditions will continue over the next few days. Cold weather will persist, but it will become drier closer to the New Year, nights will be frosty. pic.twitter.com/725J2MMkRG— Met Éireann (@MetEireann) December 27, 2020
Our 10 day Atlantic Chart shows the precipitation and pressure forecast in 6 hour intervalshttps://t.co/9Giuj4CR5m— Met Éireann (@MetEireann) December 27, 2020
A nationwide forecast and outlook covering the next week can be found here. https://t.co/9gKN6SVok4 pic.twitter.com/AJlfIIV1cP
NATIONAL FORECAST issued at 2.31pm on Sunday, December 27.
Cold and blustery this afternoon with widespread showers of rain, hail, sleet and snow with a risk of isolated thunderstorms. Clear spells will occur too but showers becoming more prolonged this evening in the northwest. Highest afternoon temperatures of just 2 to 5 degrees in moderate to fresh and gusty westerly winds.
Cold and windy tonight with widespread showers for a time, some of sleet and snow. Showers becoming more scattered towards morning. Lowest temperatures of 0 to 3 degrees occurring early in the night with frost and icy stretches developing. Temperatures rising later as west to northwest winds increase fresh to strong and gusty with gales or strong gales on Atlantic coasts.
Monday will be blustery with widespread showers of rain or hail, turning wintry on higher ground. There is a risk of spot flooding under most persistent showers over the western half of the country. Highest temperatures of 4 to 7 degrees but feeling very cold in fresh to strong and gusty northwesterly winds.
Cold and blustery Monday night with clear periods and showers in places, some wintry on higher ground. Lowest temperatures of 0 to 3 degrees in moderate to fresh northwesterly winds and some frost in sheltered places.
Tuesday: Cold and breezy on Tuesday, with sunny spells and scattered showers, possibly wintry in some parts, but there will be good dry periods as well. Afternoon temperatures of just 4 to 6 degrees in fresh northwesterly winds.
Very cold and frosty on Tuesday night with scattered wintry showers continuing near coasts in the west and northwest, mostly dry elsewhere for a time with clear spells and icy stretches developing as temperatures fall to between -2 and +1 degrees. A spell of rain and sleet may well move into parts of the southwest and west late in the night, with some snow on high ground.
Wednesday: Another cold day on Wednesday, but it is likely to be mostly dry in the north and east with some sunny spells at times. Rain and sleet in parts of the west and south will clear southwards in the afternoon and it will become mostly dry. Afternoon temperatures of 2 or 3 degrees in many places, but 5 to 7 degrees in the southwest.
Very cold and frosty on Wednesday night with some icy stretches. Many places will be dry and clear but scattered wintry showers are likely in northern counties and a scattering of showers will occur also near some western coasts, Overnight lows of -2 to + 2 degrees in light northwest winds.
Thursday (New Year's Eve) will continue cold, dry in many places with sunny spells, but there will be scattered showers in some northern and western coastal counties, some wintry on higher ground. Highs of just 3 to 6 degrees in light to moderate northwest winds. Cold and frosty again on Thursday night with lowest temperatures of -2 to +2 degrees and a few wintry showers in northern areas.
Friday (New Year's Day): Cold on New Years' Day with light northerly breezes and most places will be dry with sunny spells but there will be some isolated showers in coastal areas, Afternoon temperatures of 3 to 6 degrees Celsius. Frosty overnight.