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07th Mar 2023

Heavy snow predicted as temperatures set to plummet to -6

Ellen Fitzpatrick

It’s going to be a cold one.

As temperatures continue to plummet to freezing levels this week and a weather warning is currently in place, forecasts are now suggesting we prepare for some snow to hit.

A status yellow ice warning is in place until 10am on Tuesday for the entire country as Met Éireann warns there will be “hazardous conditions due to freezing temperatures including icy stretches on roads and paths”.

While Wednesday is set to be one of the calmer days this week, a UK Met Office yellow snow weather warning comes into effect at 3am on Thursday and will be in place until 6pm Friday for Antrim, Armagh, Derry, Down, Fermanagh and Tyrone.

“Heavy snow has the potential to cause significant disruption on Thursday and Friday,” it reads.

As for the rest of the country, Met Éireann’s forecast says Tuesday will see icy stretches and some lying snow in parts, along with falls of rain, sleet and snow in the south and southwest which will clear in the morning.

Temperatures will range between 3 to 6 degrees in the day, before possibly dropping to as low as -5 or -6 degrees in parts of the country overnight.

Wednesday will see another cold and frosty start with ice in some places. It is then set to be largely cloudy over the southern half of the country for much of the day, with outbreaks of rain, sleet and snow at times for this part of Ireland. Further north, it will be dry and sunny.

Temperatures are expected to range between 3 to 6 degrees again, dropping to -2 to -3 overnight.

With snow on the way for much of Ulster on Thursday, it will be a wet one for the rest of the country with heavy at times outbreaks of rain forecasted.

Temperatures will struggle to get above freezing in the north, though it will be milder in southern counties – with temperatures rising to 6 to 10 degrees, before again dropping to -2 overnight.

Friday will see further outbreaks of sleet and snow moving into the southwest through the morning, extending to the rest of southern areas throughout the day. It will be mostly dry further north, though there will also be some showers of sleet and snow.

Highest temperatures of 2 to 6 degrees are forecasted for Friday, before dropping to lows of -3 overnight.

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