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Dublin: 6°C Monday 12 April 2021

Snow to return today, according to weather warning

Cold snap will return today, but is not expected to be quite as severe as the most recent one.

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ANOTHER SEVERE WEATHER WARNING has been issued as meteorologists expect a return to the wintry conditions of last week.

Met Éireann says that the weather is expected to become bitterly cold again today, with snow expected for Ulster, Connacht and south-west Munster this afternoon and night.

Between 3cm and 10cm of snow is forecast for those areas. Hail, sleet and snow showers are expected to spread southwards through the day, with temperatures dropping to minus 5 to minus 10 degrees tonight.

The weather is expected to remain cold and snowy over the weekend, but should not be as severe as the most recent cold snap. Irish Weather Online warns that the cold spell could last to Monday, and possibly beyond.

Dublin City Council says night time water restrictions will continue over the weekend, but will not be put in place until the later time of 10pm tonight, tomorrow and Saturday night so as to facilitate pubs and restaurants.

Roads are generally in good condition this morning, but conditions are expected to deteriorate throughout the day as the weather worsens.

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AA Roadwatch advises drivers to plan their journey for day time over the next few days. Drivers should check tyre pressure in advance and allow plenty of time for their journeys. The Luas night link will operate from tomorrow, and Dublin Bus will be running its Nitelink service tonight.

The National Roads Authority says that main roads are prioritised for salting, with the national road network the main focus for treatment. The authority says that “there are currently sufficient supplies available to ensure that main roads continue to be treated”.

Regional and local roads which have previously been treated may not now be treated until additional salt supplies, which have been delayed due to bad weather at sea, arrive.

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