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Big freeze Met Eireann issue fresh weather warning ahead of hail, sleet and snow showers

The national forecaster has issued a Status Yellow weather warning for snow and ice for the entire country from 4pm on Thursday until 11am on Friday due to the freezing conditions.

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Weather forecasters have warned of a cold snap overnight on Wednesday (stock pic)

Weather forecasters have warned of a cold snap overnight on Wednesday (stock pic)

Weather forecasters have warned of a cold snap overnight on Wednesday (stock pic)

MOTORISTS and pedestrians are urged to travel with care as Ireland will see temperatures drop to minus three degrees or even minus four overnight with the risk of sleet and snow showers.

The warning came as Met Éireann forecast cold, wintry conditions over the next five days with the weekend likely to see widespread rain showers with only patchy spells of sunshine.

The national forecaster has issued a Status Yellow weather warning for snow and ice for the entire country from 4pm on Thursday until 11am on Friday due to the freezing conditions.

Scattered showers of hail, sleet and snow will be most widespread in the west and north of the country where some accumulations are likely.

And there will be "hazardous travelling conditions" in parts of the country on Thursday night and Friday morning.

Met Éireann's Matthew Martin stressed there will be a major contrast between the mild weather last week and the bracing conditions likely over the coming days.

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"Frost and ice will settle in quickly after dark tonight with temperatures dipping back to between zero and minus three degrees," he said.

"However, as cloud thickens from the west and southerly winds strengthen the frost and ice will clear from most areas as temperatures rise. A band of rain will reach the west coast soon after midnight, extending quickly eastwards and turning to sleet or snow for a short time in parts of Ulster."

Thursday morning will see some sunny spells along the east coast.

"Showers will turn increasingly wintry as the day progresses with colder air pushing in from the Atlantic.

"Falls of sleet or snow are possible in some areas by evening, mainly across the western half of the country. There will be afternoon highs of four to eight degrees but it will turn much colder by evening time with a fresh to strong and gusty southwest to west wind."

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Thursday night will be cold with wintry showers, some of which will fall as sleet or snow.

Some Atlantic counties may even experience localised thunderstorms.

"There will be fairly widespread showers on Friday morning, with some falls of sleet or snow initially and it will be icy in places," he said.

"It will turn a little less cold as the day progresses with good sunny spells developing for the afternoon in the north and east. However, showery rain will move in across parts of the west and southwest with maximum afternoon temperatures on Friday of four to eight degrees."

"Rain will clear from the east quickly on Saturday morning and it will brighten up with good spells of winter sunshine."

"But scattered showers will follow from the west, some wintry with a possibility of hail and thunder. It will turn colder during the day with afternoon highs of around four to eight degrees in fresh to strong west or northwest winds."

"Showers will become confined to western and northern counties on Saturday night with long dry periods elsewhere."

Sunday is again expected to prove unsettled with a spell of rain likely to push north-eastwards across the country though it will feel slightly warmer with temperatures reaching 11 degrees in some areas.

The worst of the cold snap will also hit Northern Ireland where a snow and ice warning will come into force from 8pm on Thursday night until 11am on Friday morning.

Antrim, Armagh, Fermanagh, Tyrone, Derry are included in the warning with commuters advised that there is a risk of travel disruption due to the impending conditions.

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