Weather Alert - Hard frost and some snow on the way as polar front hits

Snow in Portlaoise

A wintry scene on the way into Portlaoise this morning.

Just days after the deluge Ireland is facing subzero conditions and snow in places blast of polar weather hits the country.

Met Éireann has issued a STATUS YELLOW snow-ice warning for Ireland. It says scattered snow showers are likely, most frequent in Ulster and Connacht.

The warning is valid from 5am Friday, November 24 to noon Saturday, November 25.

A STATUS YELLOW Low temperature warning is in place for all of Ireland Ireland. The lowest temperatures will fall to minus 3C or minus 4c in places.

This warning is valid from Midnight Thursday, November 23 to 11am Friday, November 24.

Met Éireann says Thursday night will turn very cold with frost early on. Fortunately for Mountmellick and Portarlington it will be a mostly dry with good clear spells. Heavy showers will continue over the northwest and north with the risk of hail and some turning wintry on higher ground.

Lowest temperatures falling to between zero and -3 degrees and winds will ease leading to a widespread sharp to severe frost and icy roads.

Tomorrow, Friday will be a breezy and very cold day. There will be scattered showers with good sunny spells but showers will be frequent and heavy in the west and north with risk of hail, sleet and snow even on lower ground and the odd thundery downpour. Top temperatures of just 3 to 6 degrees in freshening west to northwest winds.

Friday night is expected to be very cold, with frost setting in soon after dark, becoming severe later, with some icy roads. A few wintry showers too, mainly in Atlantic coasts. Lowest temperatures zero to -3 C., in moderate to fresh northwesterly breezes. 

Saturday will be another cold, frosty, icy start to the day, but sunny spells will soon develop. Most of the rain or hail showers will be in Atlantic coastal counties, with a few wintry on high ground, but mostly dry elsewhere. Temperatures still below normal, with highs of just 5 to 8 C., feeling cooler too in brisk northwesterly breeze. Cold and frosty overnight, with some icy roads and with a few passing light wintry showers also. Lows of plus 2 to -2 C. 

On Sunday frost and ice will soon clear. There will be some hazy sunshine for a time. But clouds will increase gradually from the Atlantic and rain is set to develop late in the afternoon and the evening. Feeling a little less cold, with highs of 5 to 9 C., in freshening southwest winds. The rain will be widespread and locally heavy for a time on Sunday night, but should clear to occasional showers and clear spells later. Frost unlikely. 

The utlook for early next week is for Cool, breezy and changeable, with some very showery weather at times. Frosty at night also.

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