Risk of snow as Met Eireann issue yellow weather warning

By Esther Hayden

The weather is expected to turn very cold this week with a risk of sleet and snow.
The weather is expected to turn very cold this week with a risk of sleet and snow.

Temperatures are set to plummet on Tuesday night with a risk of gale force winds.

On Tuesday afternoon Met Eireann issued a yellow weather warning for the entire country which is to remain in effect until 12 noon on Saturday.

it said that during Tuesday night it will get windy and cooler with clear spells and showers developing, with some of the showers turning wintry on northern hills late in the night.

Lowest temperatures will be between  3 to 6 C. Strong and gusty westerly winds will develop overnight and will be up to gale force in northern and northwestern areas.

On Wednesday weather conditions will be cold, windy and blustery with bright or sunny spells and showers with the showers being heaviest and most frequent over Ulster with a few wintry on high ground and also in Atlantic coastal counties.

On Wednesday night scattered showers on Atlantic coasts will move further inland and turning increasingly wintry with snow on higher ground.

Temperatures will fall to between -1 and 2 degrees with fresh to strong and gusty northwesterly winds.

Later in the night, a frontal wave will pass to the South of Ireland and this brings the risk of sleety rain and snow to South Munster.

Thursday will be a very cold day with a risk of sleety rain and snow affecting the far south.

it will be brighter elsewhere with wintry showers of hail, sleet and snow , mostly across Connacht and Ulster but a few elsewhere too.

It will continue to be very cold on Friday with sunny spells and further showers of rain, hail, sleet and snow. There will be fewer showers in the South and Southeast.

According to the weather advisory body it won't be as cold at the weekend with sunny spells being experienced both days.

Next week it is expected to become milder for a time with mainly dry weather. However there is a risk of a cold Siberian air encroaching from the East.

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