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02nd Mar 2024

Ireland issued with weather warning ahead of another cold snap

Simon Kelly

Weather warning

Lousy Smarch weather.

After the snowy scenes from yesterday, Met Éireann have issued a Status Yellow ice warning for the whole of Ireland.

Issued on Saturday morning (March 2), the weather warning states that it will become “icy in many areas tonight, especially in Ulster and Leinster.”

Valid from 8pm on Saturday until 9am on Sunday potential impacts listed with the warning include hazardous road conditions and slippery paths and cycleways.

Ireland issued with weather warning ahead of another cold snap

According to the national forecast, today will be “cold and rather breezy with sunny spells and scattered showers. The showers will mainly be of rain but a few may fall as hail, sleet or snow. Highest temperatures of 4 to 8 degrees in fresh to strong north or northwest winds.”

Tonight will be “cold and frosty with some icy stretches developing, as temperatures fall to between -2 and +3 degrees.” The forecaster also warned that some hail, sleet or snow showers are possible overnight.

Sunday morning will be “cold with some icy stretches” with highest temperatures from 7 to 10 degrees.

The weather warning comes as the forecaster was seemingly caught off guard as parts of Ireland were blanketed with snow on Friday morning, causing travel chaos throughout Dublin.

In response to criticism, meteorologist Brandon Creagh said on RTÉ’s Today with Claire Byrne: “If we had a crystal ball that we knew exactly what was going to happen, maybe that would have been an Orange warning.

“But given the risk at the time – we do not take our warnings lightly at all and we cannot over warn, otherwise people will not believe the orange warning when they come.”

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