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Ireland weather: Weekend washout as Met Eireann issue alert for 'very unsettled weather' with heavy rain, snow and ice

Met Eireann have issued a nationwide weather advisory and a Status Yellow rainfall warning for two counties

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Stock picture: PA

Stock picture: PA

Stock picture: PA

Met Eireann have issued two weather alerts for heavy rainfall and "very unsettled" conditions with more heavy rain, snow and ice over the weekend.

It looks like this is the weekend to stay in curled up on the couch as the national forecaster warned of unpleasant weather for most of the country throughout Saturday and Sunday.

Issuing a nationwide weather advisory, 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.

Meanwhile, two counties have been placed under a Status Yellow rainfall alert.

The 12-hour warning for Wexford and Wicklow came into effect at 3am on Saturday and will last until 3pm on Saturday afternoon.

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More rain on the way

More rain on the way

More rain on the way

Met Eireann revealed: "Heavy rain, turning wintry at times. Rainfall accumulations of up to 30 to 40mm, with a risk of localised flooding."

Connacht and Leinster will experience with worst of the cold, wet and windy conditions with spot flooding across parts.

The rain may turn wintry across the east of Leinster with possible sleet or snow, mainly over Wicklow.

However, northern counties will stay fully dry with more scattered falls of rain across Munster.

The wintry rain will ease off in the afternoon but it will persist for much of the day across the east.

And Met Eireann added it will feel "raw with an added wind chill factor" and highs of three to eight degrees in fresh to strong and gusty easterly winds.

There will be more rain tonight, with falls of sleet and snow in parts, especially over Connacht. It will be a chilly night with lows of -1 degrees to three degrees.

And there will be more "wintry outbreaks" on Sunday, with widespread falls of rain, sleet and snow during the morning.

There will be some accumulations of snow across the northern half of the country, before precipitation mainly reverts back to rainfall later in the day.

Met Eireann added: "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, in fresh southeast winds. It will though be little less cold across the southwest with lighter winds here too."

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