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Dublin: 14 °C Sunday 29 May, 2016

That cold weather has arrived: Sally Gap closed after snow in Leinster

Connacht and Ulster will experience similar conditions tonight.

Updated 1.31pm

6BfwMfG6 The Sally Gap this morning. Source: James Cannon

HEAVY RAIN AND some snow hit Leinster overnight as the country enters a week of cold weather, with Ulster and Connacht expected to experience similar conditions tonight.

Gardaí closed the Sally Gap in Wicklow after heavy snowfall in the Wicklow Mountains, advising motorists to exercise care in the area.

Drivers across the country are being warned that there are icy patches on the roads this morning.

12494665_1206206419394363_8615083815757054043_n Snow last night near Aughrim in Co Wicklow Source: Derek Mcallister via Wicklow Weather/Facebook

Carlow, Dublin, Kildare, Wicklow, and Wexford all saw some level of snowfall, although it failed to stick in most areas.

Further rain is expected across the country today, according to Met Éireann.

“There will be a few showers in the west, mainly along the coast, and there will be some lingering rain over parts of Ulster,” today’s forecast reads.

“During the afternoon, showers in the west will become more widespread for a time, some turning wintry on higher ground.”

Temperatures will range between 4 and 8 degrees.

Tonight will be a little worse for some areas:

Ooutbreaks of rain, sleet or snow, becoming widespread across Ulster and Connacht later in the night. Lowest temperatures of +2 to -1 degrees Celsius.

There are also several reports of localised flooding across Wicklow and Dublin.

In the West, the ESB has said the flow of water through Parteen Weir will remain at 440 cubic metres per second, although levels in Lough Derg continue to drop.

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Met Éireann had previously warned that this may be experienced in some coastal counties in the east and southeast, although the weather front that carried the snow is said to have been stronger than expected.

Originally published 7.22am

Previously: There could be some further spot flooding tonight >

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