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Winter woes Ireland weather: Met Eireann issue snow/ice warning for 18 counties ahead of 'wintry falls'

A forecaster revealed: "Very unsettled weather this weekend with wet and windy conditions bringing a risk of localised flooding. Cold also, with wintry falls of snow and icy conditions."

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Snow is expected to hit parts of the country tomorrow morning after Met Eireann issued an alert for 18 counties that will come into effect at 6am on Sunday.

The Status Yellow - Snow/Ice warning for Connacht, Cavan, Monaghan, Donegal, Dublin, Carlow, Kildare, Laois, Longford, Louth, Wicklow, Offaly, Westmeath and Meath will remain in place for 12 hours until 6pm.

The forecaster predicted that wintry outbreaks of rain, sleet and snow will become widespread and that some accumulations are possible.

And Met Eireann have also issued a nationwide weather advisory for entire weekend.

A forecaster revealed: "Very unsettled weather this weekend with wet and windy conditions bringing a risk of localised flooding. Cold also, with wintry falls of snow and icy conditions."

The advisory came into effect at 10pm last night and will last until midnight on Sunday.

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Cool rider: A man cycles in snow in Lucan, Co Dublin, yesterday. Photo: Niall Carson/ PA

Cool rider: A man cycles in snow in Lucan, Co Dublin, yesterday. Photo: Niall Carson/ PA

Cool rider: A man cycles in snow in Lucan, Co Dublin, yesterday. Photo: Niall Carson/ PA

In the meantime, a cold and windy Saturday afternoon will turn into a clear night with some frost and ice setting in across more sheltered areas.

“Wintry outbreaks of rain, sleet and snow will become widespread on Sunday morning,” Met Eireann said.

“Some temporary accumulations are possible across the northern half of the country, before precipitation mainly reverts back to rainfall later in the day.

“However, wintry falls will persist across the far northwest into the evening hours. A very cold day generally with highest temperatures of one to five degrees Celsius, in fresh southeast winds.”

Rain and sleet will continue for much of Sunday night while Monday will be another cold day with rain and sleet becoming mostly confined to the western half of the country by the afternoon.

A band of heavy and persistent rain will move into the southwest early on Monday night, and will spread north-eastwards across the country.

And you guessed it…there will be more widespread showers on Tuesday that will merge into longer spells of rain during the day before the night falls with a risk of hail.

There will be further showers or longer spells of rain on Wednesday, bringing with it a risk of hail, but there will be some sunny spells too.

The rest of the week looks unsettled with further showers or spells of rain. Highest temperatures of five to 10 degrees.

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