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30th Dec 2020

Snow and ice warning issued for three counties as cold snap continues

Conor Heneghan


It’s going to be a cold end to 2020 and a cold start to 2021.

Met Éireann has issued a status yellow snow/ice warning for Donegal, Leitrim and Sligo as cold weather conditions look set to prevail for the foreseeable future.

An updated warning, issued at 11.45am on Wednesday, came into effect at 6am on Wednesday morning but will now remain in place until 7am on Thursday morning.

Further falls of snow are expected in all three counties during that time, leading to accumulations in some areas.

The warning issued by Met Éireann is in addition to a status yellow snow/ice warning issued by the UK Met Office for Antrim, Armagh, Fermanagh, Tyrone and Derry, which has been valid since 3pm on Tuesday and will remain in place until 11am tomorrow morning (31 December).

Overall, the next few days are forecast to be very cold, with plenty of dry and bright conditions interspersed with occasional showers.

The nature of those showers will vary from light rain to hail and isolated thunderstorms, the majority of which are expected in eastern counties in the afternoon on New Year’s Eve.

2021 will start off on a bright, cold and dry note on Friday, with plenty of sunny spells and temperatures reaching no higher than 6 degrees during daylight hours.

Those conditions are expected to prevail throughout the weekend and into the early days of next week, with the best of the sunshine likely to be experienced in the west of the country.

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