New country-wide weather warnings issued as temperatures set to drop to -6 this weekend 1 month ago

New country-wide weather warnings issued as temperatures set to drop to -6 this weekend

The cold weather is here until Wednesday at least.

Met Éireann has issued three new weather warnings as temperatures are set to fall to as low as -6 degrees this weekend.

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The first of the new alerts is a Status Yellow freezing fog warning that applies to Carlow, Dublin, Galway, Kildare, Kilkenny, Laois, Longford, Meath, Munster, Offaly, Roscommon, Westmeath, Wexford and Wicklow.

Taking effect on Friday afternoon (9 December), it will be valid until 4pm that day.

"Patches of freezing fog will persist through this afternoon, causing potentially hazardous driving conditions," it reads.

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Met Éireann also issued another Status Yellow freezing fog warning for all of Ireland which will be valid from 4pm on Friday until 12pm on Saturday.

It also published a Status Yellow ice warning for the entire country that will take effect from 7pm on Friday to midday on Saturday again.

"A sharp frost and icy stretches will set in on Friday night as temperatures dip to -4 degrees in places," the ice alert states.

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These warnings follow an already existing Status Yellow snow/ice warning for Donegal, which remains in effect until 12pm on Saturday.

Met Éireann has also extended its winter weather advisory for the entire county until next Wednesday at midday.

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The updated warning reads:

"Remaining very cold into the middle of next week due to an Arctic airmass, bringing sharp to severe frosts, and ice or black ice on roads and footpaths.

"Some showers of hail, sleet, and snow will occur, mainly in coastal counties.

"Freezing fog is likely at times, especially this weekend. Winds over land will remain generally light."

The Irish meteorological service has said conditions will be "bitterly cold both day and night" over the weekend with temperatures set to reach as low as -6 degrees on Sunday night.

For advice for drivers on dealing with icy road conditions, visit the Road Safety Authority's website here.