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17th Mar 2018

Status Orange weather warning issued for seven counties

Kate Demolder

Beast from the East

A national snow-ice warning is in place, with the east of the country set to be the worst affected.

A status orange snow-ice warning has been issued for Dublin, Kildare, Louth, Wexford, Wicklow, Meath and Waterford from 8pm Saturday evening until 9am Sunday morning.

Met Éireann has shared their forecast of “scattered heavy snow showers [which] will lead to accumulations in places and some drifting”.

A status yellow snow-ice warning is also currently in place for the whole country. It’ll remain in effect until 9am on Monday morning. It is set to be very cold in many areas, with wind chill, icy patches and accumulations of snow.

According to the forecast, the snow showers will be heaviest and most frequent over Leinster and east Ulster, with “significant accumulations” likely there, but snow showers are also set to be well scattered elsewhere.

There will be icy conditions with lowest temperatures of -3°C, but it will feel colder due to fresh east to northeasterly winds.

Sunday is expected to be a very cold day, with further sleet and snow showers mainly in Leinster, east Munster and east Ulster.

Some heavy snowfall is expected in eastern areas in particular. Top temperatures will range from 1°C – 4°C, and northeast to easterly winds will continue to bring a significant wind chill.

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