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Dublin: 5 °C Friday 17 January, 2020

Snow-ice warning issued for entire country, widespread wintry showers tonight

We’ll have snow showers from this evening, and there’ll be icy stretches on the roads.

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A SNOW-ICE warning for the country takes effect at 4pm this afternoon, and widespread wintry showers are expected overnight and into Friday.

A wind warning is also in effect for the western counties of Donegal, Galway, Leitrim, Mayo, Sligo, Clare and Kerry as Atlantic storm Caroline passes close to the north of Scotland.

Both of the warnings are ‘yellow alerts’ – Met Éireann’s least severe category of its colour-coded warning system.

Here are the details:

Snow-ice Warning for Ireland

Scattered snow showers will occur later Thursday, Thursday night and into Friday. Slight to moderate accumulations are possible with up to 3cm in parts. Icy stretches too. North and northwest counties will be most at risk, as well as higher ground elsewhere.
  • Valid: Thursday at 4pm to Friday 4pm 

Wind Warning for Donegal, Galway, Leitrim, Mayo, Sligo, Clare and Kerry

An Atlantic storm will pass close to the north coast of Scotland on Thursday morning. The UK Met Office have named it Storm Caroline. Severe winds will affect parts of Scotland, but it will generate strong and blustery winds over Ireland also.
Northwest winds of 55 to 65 are expected to gust 100 to 110 km/h – strongest winds in coastal areas and over high ground.
  • Valid: Until 8pm tonight

Temperatures will dip as low as minus two tonight, and there will be widespread frost.

There’ll be occasional wintry showers again tomorrow, according to Met Éireann - with accumulations of snow over northern counties on on higher ground elsewhere.

It will stay cold, with lingering frost, on Saturday. There’ll be some showers of sleet and snow over Ulster on Sunday – elsewhere it will be cold and bright with severe frost after dark.

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