Snow-ice warnings issued ahead of wintry weekend

A number of Status Yellow snow-ice warnings have been issued by Met Éireann ahead of a wintry weekend.

The first snow-ice warning – issued for counties Cavan, Monaghan, Donegal, Leitrim, Mayo, Roscommon and Sligo – was issued at 12:00pm today (Friday, January 22). It came into effect immediately and will remain in place until 12:00pm tomorrow.

On this Met Éireann warns of falls of hail, sleet and snow, as well as icy and hazardous conditions.

Meanwhile, a Status Yellow snow-ice warning for the full country was also issued by the national meteorological office today.

This will come into effect at 6:00pm tomorrow and will remain in place until 12:00pm on Sunday. Once again, Met Éireann warns of falls of hail, sleet and snow alongside icy and hazardous conditions.

Finally, the UK Met Office has also issued a Yellow snow and ice warning for all six counties in Northern Ireland.

Issued at 11:01am this morning this warning will be valid from 4:00pm this evening through to 10:30am tomorrow.

Turning back to today’s weather, Met Éireann says that scattered showers of rain, hail, sleet and snow will become mainly confined to the northwest this afternoon with some turning heavy at times.

Highest afternoon temperatures of just 3° to 5° are expected in a light to moderate westerly breeze.

It will be very cold tonight with frost and icy patches developing. Scattered showers of rain, hail, sleet and snow will occur, most frequent in the northwest.

It will be mostly dry in the south and east. Lowest temperatures of -3° to -1° are anticipated with fog patches forming in a light westerly breeze.