risk of flooding Snow and ice make way for rain and winds this weekend
The snow and ice of recent days will recede across the country as rain and winds sweep in over the weekend, Met Eireann has said.
While there will be further flurries of snow on Saturday, a thaw will set in as slightly warmer air begins to move in from the Atlantic.
This will lead to a wet and very windy Sunday, with spells of heavy rain and gale bringing a risk of flooding.
In the meantime, there will be a few snow flurries and rain in southern coastal areas this morning, while ice and snow will pose hazardous conditions in some areas, mainly in Connacht. However, it will become dry during the afternoon although patchy rain will persist in southern coastal counties.
It will be cold and windy tonight with heavy rain developing in the southwest and west. As the rain gradually moves eastwards across the country overnight it will increasingly turn to snow in the midlands, north and east with accumulations expected as temperatures dip to -2.
There will be more sleet and snow in the north and east for a time tomorrow morning with further accumulations bringing a risk of some disruption.
Elsewhere, there'll be outbreaks of rain and drizzle as less cold air begins to move in from the Atlantic. By afternoon, falls of snow will become confined to northeast Ulster with a thaw setting in elsewhere.
It will be a windy Saturday night although any snow remaining in the north and east will continue to thaw.
After a wet and very windy Sunday, it will be a mild and breezy Monday with patchy rain clearing during the morning to leave plenty of dry weather and sunny spells.
Rain is expected to clear early on Tuesday, to leave a day of sunny spells and scattered showers in conditions described as generally milder than average for mid-February.
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