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06th Feb 2024

Snow-ice warning issued for eight Irish counties as temperatures set to plunge

Simon Kelly

Snow Ireland Feb

The cold snap is back.

Met Éireann have issued a Status Yellow snow-ice warning for eight Irish counties as temperatures are set to plunge once again below freezing.

After a wet start to Tuesday, February 6, as rain travelled across the country, a cold snap is set to follow, with the national forecaster issuing a warning for Cavan, Monaghan, Donegal and Connacht.

The warning explained that “a band of rain will turn increasingly to sleet and snow on Thursday, with ice on untreated surfaces, hazardous driving conditions, travel disruptions and poor visibility all potential impacts.

Snow-ice warning issued for eight Irish counties as temperatures set to plunge

The Status Yellow warning for Cavan, Monaghan and Connaught is in place from 2am to 6pm on Thursday, Feb 8.

The same warning is in place for Donegal from 11am to 8pm on Thursday, Feb 8.

In the national outlook for this week, Met Éireann say that Tuesday evening will be “mostly dry and clear, but an isolated wintry shower is possible in the north and northwest.

“It will be cold with frost and ice as temperatures fall to between -2 and +2 degrees, in a light west to northwest winds. Isolated mist patches possible also.”

Wednesday morning will be cold with frost and icy stretches, with highest temperatures of 4 to 7 degrees. Rain or sleet will extend across Munster, Connacht and Leinster on Wednesday night and snow is possible on higher ground. Lowest temperatures of -3 to +2 degrees.

Rain and sleet will move further north on Thursday, clearing to scattered showers in the south later. Snow is possible in northern areas, especially on higher ground. Cold and breezy, with highest temperatures of 2 to 5 degrees, milder further south in a moderate to fresh northeasterly wind.

Rain and sleet will continue over the northern half of the country on Thursday night, with scattered showers further south. Further falls of snow are possible on higher ground in the north. Lowest temperatures of 0 to 3 degrees with a moderate to fresh east to northeast wind.

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