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Weather woes Ireland weather: 'Widespread ice' and snow to hit Northern Ireland as 'unsettled wet' week ahead

A Status Yellow warning has been issued for the six counties

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Cold weather (stock). (Joe Giddens/PA)

Cold weather (stock). (Joe Giddens/PA)

Cold weather (stock). (Joe Giddens/PA)

Wintry falls are hitting the north of the country this morning, with a Status Yellow snow/ice warning issued for six counties.

The cold weather should ease up in Donegal before the afternoon but all counties in Northern Ireland are expected to be hit by snow and widespread ice.

The UK Met Office have placed Antrim, Armagh, Down, Fermanagh, Tyrone and Derry under a Status Yellow warning which will come into effect at 10pm tonight and last until 23:59pm on Tuesday.

A Met Office forecaster warned: "Snow, with a risk of widespread ice, is likely to push slowly northeast during Tuesday, bringing difficult travel conditions."

For the rest of the country, today will be generally cloudy with some patchy drizzle, as afternoon temperatures hit between seven to 10 degrees.

Donegal was under a Status Yellow snow/ice warning earlier today which has since been lifted.

“I think that the yellow snow/ice warning for Donegal is going to expire this morning,” a Met Éireann forecaster told Sundayworld.com “The coldest air is moving away now.

“There would be near average temperatures for the rest of the week, and we’re not expecting any snow up until and including Thursday.

“The main theme this week is it’s going to be unsettled, wet spells of rain.”

“It’s kind of going to be an area of low pressure that’s going to be slow moving over Ireland from today until Thursday.”

Tonight, heavy rain will continue to move northeastwards across the island, turning wintry in the north. Lowest temperatures should be between five to eight degrees, generally being a bit colder in Ulster, with lows around two to five degrees.

“So we’re going to have a band of rain moving up tonight, which will be quite heavy, and then for kind of Tuesday through Thursday, it’s going to be widespread showers,” the forecaster said.

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Tomorrow is set to be wet and breezy with frequent showers, that merge into longer spells of rain at times. Some of those showers may even be thunderous with a bit of hail, with possible wintry falls in northern Ulster.

Outbreaks of rain will continue throughout Wednesday, although it should be drier in southern and eastern parts of the country during the day, with some sunshine. Although widespread rain will return later in the afternoon.

On Thursday there may be a mix of bright or sunny spells and showers. The showers will be mainly in the west at first, but they will spread elsewhere during the afternoon, with highest temperatures of six to 10 degrees.

As for later in the week, the forecaster said that: “Now it does look like there are growing indications that the weather will turn colder from Friday and the weekend and into the early days of next week.”

“There’s still some uncertainty into when exactly that will happen but certainly by later into the weekend into the early days of next week, we’re expecting it to turn colder again.”

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