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Snow joke Ireland weather: Met Eireann warn of 'treacherous conditions' as two nationwide alerts issued

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A snowboarder and their dog making the most of the fresh powder snow at the Wicklow Gap. Photo: Garry O'Neill

A snowboarder and their dog making the most of the fresh powder snow at the Wicklow Gap. Photo: Garry O'Neill

A snowboarder and their dog making the most of the fresh powder snow at the Wicklow Gap. Photo: Garry O'Neill

Met Éireann are warning of "treacherous conditions" as they issued two nationwide weather warnings this afternoon.

Forecasters are predicting temperatures will plummet to a freezing -4 degrees overnight after falling to lows of -6 last night.

The first warning is for low temperatures and ice while the second predicts further falls of snow and ice across the country.

The low temperature alert will be in place for the entire country from 8pm on Wednesday until 10am on Thursday.

A forecaster revealed: "Very cold with minima widely falling to -3 or -4 degrees."

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Meanwhile, the snow/ice warning will be in place nationwide for 12 hours from 11pm on Wednesday until 11am on Thursday.

Met Eireann said: "Snow and ice will lead to treacherous conditions. Some accumulations possible."

Wary meteorologists across the northern hemisphere are also looking at changes happening in the weather system known as the Polar Vortex.

These are said to be similar to those that caused the Beast From The East which blanketed Ireland and much of northern Europe in heavy snow in late February 2018.

Metrologists in the UK, North America and across northern Europe are currently tracking a 'split' in the Polar Vortex.

Changes in temperatures and air currents over the Arctic, ironically caused by unusually warm air, is believed to be "ripping" the Polar Vortex.

The results of a sudden move south for the normally stable system can be devastating.

In 2018, a sudden stratospheric warming (SSW) event nudged frigid polar air from Siberia into Europe, delivering a snow-laden cell of high pressure dubbed The Beast from the East.

Centred over Scandinavia, the shock of icy weather cast a frozen pall as far west as the Ireland, contributing to transport chaos and even a number of deaths.

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