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Big chill Ireland weather: Met Eireann issue five-day alert and snow-ice warning ahead of freezing -4C temperatures

The national forecaster has also issued a snow/ice warning for Wicklow where heavy sleet and snow are also expected today with significant accumulations on hills and mountains.

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A snowboarder and their dog at the Wicklow Gap. Photo: Garry O'Neill

A snowboarder and their dog at the Wicklow Gap. Photo: Garry O'Neill

A snowboarder and their dog at the Wicklow Gap. Photo: Garry O'Neill

Winter will tighten its grip on the country this week as temperatures will plummet from today and could fall to a chilly -4 degrees by the end of the week. 

This will lead to conditions becoming “increasingly wintry”, while there will also be a risk of frost and ice, with falls of sleet or snow at times.

Met Eireann have issued a five-day nationwide advisory ahead of the freezing temperatures.

It comes into effect at midnight tonight and will last until midnight on Sunday.

The national forecaster has also issued a Status Yellow - Snow/Ice warning for Wicklow where heavy sleet and snow are also expected today with significant accumulations on hills and mountains.

The alert will be in place from 10:00am today until 7pm tonight.

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Cold weather (stock)

Cold weather (stock)

Cold weather (stock)

There will be rain across many areas early this morning and will continue in Leinster and Munster where it will be heavy at times, turning to sleet or snow, especially on high ground.

Temperatures will hover between three to six degrees with moderate northwest breezes while this evening and early tonight, rain and any sleet or snow in the east will clear. Temperatures will dip to as low as -1 degrees.

Thursday will be cold with sunny spells and scattered showers, some of hail and some wintry on high ground before increasingly wintry showers will see temperatures fall further away to -3 degrees.

While Friday will be cold with bright or sunny spells and scattered wintry showers, the night time will be very cold with lowest temperatures of -4 to freezing.

“Saturday and Sunday will continue very cold with sunny spells and scattered wintry showers,” Met Eireann states. “Highest temperatures ranging from two to six degrees. Widespread frost both nights with temperatures dropping to -4 degrees in places.

“Current indications for next week suggest that Monday will continue very cold with further wintry showers and frost at night.

“On Tuesday, rain will spread from the west, possibly falling as sleet or snow for a time as it meets the colder air.”

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