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Brrr Ireland weather: Status Yellow warning in place for 10 counties after lows of -6C

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Cold and frosty weather (stock)

Cold and frosty weather (stock)

Cold and frosty weather (stock)

Ten counties are under a Status Yellow weather alert this morning after temperatures plunged to lows of -6 degrees overnight.

Freezing lows of -6 degrees were recorded in Athenry, Co Galway this morning while the mercury dropped to -5 degrees in Gurteen, Co Sligo.

A Status Yellow low temperature and ice alert remains in place for all of Connacht, along with Cavan, Monaghan, Donegal, Longford and Clare.

The weather warning runs until 10am this morning.

AA Roadwatch have reported icy conditions in some areas, and are advising motorists to use main roads where possible as they are more likely to have been gritted.

In Wicklow, the Sally Gap and Wicklow Gap are both impassable due to ice with motorists advised to use alternative routes.

Met Eireann said: "Very cold this morning, frost and ice will linger in some parts throughout the day.

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Winter frost (stock) (Steve Parsons/PA)

Winter frost (stock) (Steve Parsons/PA)

Winter frost (stock) (Steve Parsons/PA)

"Wintry showers in Leinster will become mainly confined to the coast during the afternoon, elsewhere it will remain dry with some sunny spells.

"Cloud will increase from the north and west during the afternoon, preceding a band of rain or sleet arriving during the evening. Highs of just 0 to 4 degrees in light variable breezes.

"Widespread frost and some freezing fog will return to many areas early in the night.

"However outbreaks of rain or sleet in the northwest will extend across the country turning to snow for a time in parts of midlands. Lows of -3 to +1 degrees, in mostly light to moderate variable breezes."

There will be widespread frost and icy patches and lows of -2 to +2 degrees, as well as some wintry falls, across Ireland on Thursday before the mercury plummets once again on Friday.

The weather forecast continues: "Mostly cloudy with rain and sleet clearing southeastwards during the morning. Brighter conditions with sunny spells will gradually extend to all areas during the afternoon, with showers becoming largely confined to northwest coasts.

"It will be another raw day with highs of just one to five degrees, in moderate northwesterly breezes.

"Largely dry and clear apart from the risk of a few wintry showers especially in parts of east Ulster and Leinster over night."

Cathal Nolan, from Ireland's Weather Channel, says the cold snap will continue for the rest of the week.

He said: "It is rare for us to have temperatures this low. During the winter months, we would typically see temperatures falling below freezing on upwards of between 20 to 30 nights per year, however, we are seeing exceptionally cold temperatures now.

"Certainly we are in the midst of a particularly cold spell."

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