Snow and ice warning issued for 13 counties ahead of bitter weekend
Wrap up warm, it’s going to be a cold one.
13 counties have been issued with snow and ice warnings ahead of what is set to be a bitterly cold weekend across the island of Ireland.
On Friday, Met Éireann issued a status yellow snow/ice warning for Cavan, Monaghan, Donegal, Leitrim, Mayo, Roscommon and Sligo, which took effect at midday on Friday and will remain in effect until midday on Saturday.
During that time, falls of hail, sleet and snow are expected in affected counties, as well as icy and hazardous conditions caused by freezing temperatures.
Status Yellow - Snow/Ice warning for Cavan, Monaghan, Donegal, Leitrim, Mayo, Roscommon and Sligo.
Falls of hail, sleet and snow. Icy and hazardous conditions.
Valid: 12:00 Friday 22/01/2021 - 12:00 Saturday 23/01/2021
— Met Éireann (@MetEireann) January 22, 2021
In addition, the UK Met Office has issued a status yellow snow/ice warning for Antrim, Armagh, Down, Fermanagh, Tyrone and Derry.
The warning comes into effect at 4pm on Friday and will remain in place until 10.30am on Saturday, with snow and ice expected to cause travel disruption on Friday night and into Saturday morning.
The warnings come on top of a weather advisory for Ireland, which has been in place since midnight on Wednesday and warns of “increasingly wintry conditions” until midnight on Sunday.
While the most recent weather warnings apply to Friday night and Saturday morning, Met Éireann has also forecast that there will be accumulations of snow “in many areas” on Saturday night.
On top of that, temperatures are expected to dip below freezing at night time throughout the weekend, so if you are out and about, make sure to exercise caution at all times.