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Brrrace yourselves Ireland weather: Met Eireann warn of 'very cold' conditions with sleet and snow next week

Falls of sleet and snow are expected, especially in Leinster, with significant accumulations possible,” the forecaster predicts.

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Snow in Glendalough, Co Wicklow (stock photo)

Snow in Glendalough, Co Wicklow (stock photo)

Snow in Glendalough, Co Wicklow (stock photo)

It may be almost spring but forecasters are predicting winter's icy tentacles will grip the country once again next week. 

Ireland has been warned to brace itself for a cold front moving in next week that will bring widespread frost and ice and even sleet and snow.

Met Eireann’s current indications for next week states suggest “it will turn very cold next week with widespread frost and ice."

“Falls of sleet and snow are expected, especially in Leinster, with significant accumulations possible,” the national forecaster predicts.

A cold weekend will precede the plunge into artic conditions but before then, let’s have a look at the rest of this week.

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Snow (stock photo)

Snow (stock photo)

Snow (stock photo)

It will be generally cloudy this morning in Connacht and Ulster with showers or longer spells of rain along with areas of mist. Across Leinster and Munster there will be plenty of dry weather with some sunny spells and a few showers.

During the afternoon and evening, these showers will become widespread across the country once again, bringing a risk of some localised surface flooding. Highest temperatures will range from six to nine degrees in blustery, cyclonic variable winds.

Tonight will be cloudy and damp with further showers that will continue on into Thursday. Maximum temperatures will range from four to nine degrees, and it will be coldest in northern counties as moderate northerly breezes develop.

The chill will begin to set in on Thursday night, with lows of between -1 and 3 degrees.

A cold northerly air-flow is expected to bring a mix of sunny spells and showers on Friday, although some will turn wintry over high ground.

As we go into the weekend we see another chilly day on Saturday with sunny spells and some showers.

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Frost and ice will develop in many areas on Saturday night although it will clear to leave a cold and breezy day on Sunday with bright spells and some showers.

More frost and ice will develop on Sunday night and this is where we see scattered snow showers in eastern counties. Temperatures will dip to -3 degrees in fresh northeast winds, and this will perhaps herald the arrival of another blast of winter before we feel the warmth of the sun again.

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