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Dublin: 17 °C Sunday 31 May, 2020

Status Yellow snow/ice warning declared for entire country for tomorrow morning

The weather will remain cold and wet in most parts of the country today and tomorrow.

A man walks between flooded areas of Bull Island in Dublin Bay.
A man walks between flooded areas of Bull Island in Dublin Bay.
Image: Brian Lawless/PA Wire/PA Images

Updated Mar 1st 2020, 4:25 PM

MET ÉIREANN HAS issued a Status Yellow snow/ice warning for the entire country, to take effect at midnight and last until 8am.

It comes a day after Storm Jorge passed through the country, and leading to several weather alerts – including a Status Red warning – being issued around the country. 

Jorge, which brought strong winds of over 130 kilometres per hour in parts of Galway, had seen Met Éireann issue a Status Red warning for Galway and Clare for parts of Saturday, while a Status Orange wind warning was issued for the rest of the country. 

At 4pm today, Met Éireann issued a Status Yellow snow/ice warning.

It said: “Showers will continue to affect the western half of the country overnight, increasingly falling as sleet, or possibly snow in few places. With minimum air temperatures near zero or below countrywide, some icy stretches are likely by morning.”

A widespread frost is expected tonight with overnight lows of 0 to -2 degrees.

Tomorrow will be a bright day with sunny spells but will begin very cold.

Looking further ahead, the weather is expected to be cool and showery before getting less cold and more unsettled towards next weekend.

Storm Jorge

Yesterday, thousands of homes were left without power on the west coast as the storm made landfall while fallen trees were causing traffic disruption across the country today.

About 15,000 properties were cut off at one point on Saturday, but by by mid-afternoon ESB Networks had been successful in returning supply to all but 1,000 customers.

This morning, around 460 homes remain without power. 

On Saturday, Minister for Housing Eoghan Murphy convened a meeting of the National Emergency Co-ordination Group.

He urged people in the worst affected areas to stay indoors.

“There is a potential for damage from gusts everywhere in the country today,” he said.

“People need to be alert and need to be aware.”

Today, there is little sign that Storm Jorge has brought the kind of flooding that hit parts of the country in recent days – however, there were reports of fallen trees in some parts of the country last night. 

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