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Snow Way Snow and sleet to hit Ireland as temperatures plummet to -2C

It will also feel colder as strong winds with gales are likely at the coast.

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Stock picture: PA

Stock picture: PA

Stock picture: PA

Winter is coming this weekend as Met Éireann have predicted sleet and snow will arrive on Friday night.

The national forecaster said that snow is expected across northern and western counties as temperatures are to drop drastically from highs of seven to nine degrees with an “added wind factor” during the day on Friday to 0 to four degrees after dark.

It will also feel colder as strong winds with gales are likely at the coast.

But before the big chill comes, today will see a frosty, cool morning with a blanket of mist and fog lingering over parts of the southwest.

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People make their way through the fog (stock)

People make their way through the fog (stock)

People make their way through the fog (stock)

Met Éireann have issued a Status Yellow fog warning for Munster, stating: “Dense fog developing in places tonight and lingering tomorrow, leading to hazardous conditions on roads.”

The alert was in place for 10 hours and expires at 10am on Tuesday.

Once the fog clears, however, a relatively nice day is on the cards as it is expected to be sunny and dry for the rest of the afternoon, with the north experiencing some clouds.

Calm conditions and light winds will give way to temperature highs of six to nine degrees before the mist and fog returns later this evening.

A band of rain will move in from the northwest throughout the night, pushing into the midlands and feeling cold at lows of minus two to two degrees.

Tomorrow will begin with a damp start, with showers feeling heaviest and most frequent in the northwest.

The rain will begin to clear as the day progresses, making way for sunny spells but “isolated showers” remain possible.

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Similar to today, highest temperatures will reach between six to nine degrees before dropping slightly on Thursday to five to eight degrees.

A cold day with scattered showers, Thursday will see some sunshine but will become cloudier through the day from the northwest before the snow and sleet comes on Friday.

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