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18th Mar 2018

New status orange weather warning issued as snow hits Ireland overnight

Conor Heneghan

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A status orange weather warning has been issued for 10 counties, while a status yellow weather warning has been issued for the entire country.

A status orange snow-ice weather warning originally issued for seven counties on Saturday night has been extended to ten counties until 6pm on Sunday after snowfall in the east of the country overnight.

The warning, originally issued for Dublin, Kildare, Louth, Wexford, Wicklow, Meath and Waterford until 9am on Sunday, was extended to Kilkenny, Carlow and Laois until 6pm on Sunday, with a status yellow snow-ice warning remaining in place for the rest of the country until 9am.

Scattered heavy snow showers are likely to continue in the counties affected by the status orange weather warning throughout Sunday, leading to accumulations in places and some drifting.

The rest of the country will be affected by less severe snow showers, with wind chill and icy patches and temperatures close to freezing promised on what will be a dry day for the most part.

Isolated snow showers are expected to continue on Sunday night and into Monday, when temperatures will reach no higher than 4-5 degrees and while temperatures will improve from Tuesday onwards, expect plenty of rain to follow later in the week.