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The snow's going to BUCKET down tonight

Keep the hat and scarf on for the next 24 hours (but have a t-shirt on stand-by for the weekend).

IT MAY BE spring (it is, officially) – but there’ll be no end to the cold spell over the next 24 hours.

Met Éireann has issued two weather warnings for the country.

No matter where you are – you can expect at least a dusting of snow tonight. It’ll be more serious elsewhere, with accumulations likely – even away from the mountains.

First of all, an ‘orange‘ warning applies for all of Connacht – as well as Cavan, Monaghan, Donegal, Kildare, Laois, Longford, Offaly, Westmeath and Meath.

It was issued at 4.17 this afternoon, and applies until 6pm tomorrow:

Further wintry showers this evening, overnight and on Tuesday of rain, hail, sleet and snow. Accumulations of greater than 3 cm are possible even on lower ground with thunderstorms too. Widespread frosty and icy conditions will develop.

A less-serious ‘yellow‘ warning applies in Munster, Dublin, Carlow, Kilkenny, Louth, Wexford and Wicklow.

Looking further ahead – the outlook is improving…

Wintry showers will die out on Wednesday, with temperatures creeping back up to a max of around 9 degrees in the daytime.

By Friday, we’ll have conditions of around 12 degrees, with some good sunny spells.

And don’t break out the sunscreen just yet, but the latest word from Met Éireann is that we’ll have “dry settled weather next weekend with even milder conditions”.

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