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Cold snap Status Yellow rain warning issued before big freeze grips Ireland with -3C lows

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The word cold written on a frozen car screen

The word cold written on a frozen car screen

The word cold written on a frozen car screen

Met Eireann has issued a Status Yellow rain warning for nine counties ahead of a cold blitz later this week. 

The alert, which comes with a risk of river flooding, is in place for 24 hours from 2pm on Monday for Connacht, Donegal, Cavan, Clare and Kerry.

However, by tomorrow afternoon the heavy rain will have moved across the country as a national deluge is promised.

“Today will start mostly dry today however it will become cloudy or overcast as scatter outbreaks of rain and drizzle slowly move in for the west,” a Met Éireann forecaster revealed.

“This will turn more persistent in Atlantic counties later on and a Status Yellow rainfall warning comes into operation as of 2pm this afternoon.

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People braving the rainy weather. Pictures: Arthur Carron

People braving the rainy weather. Pictures: Arthur Carron

People braving the rainy weather. Pictures: Arthur Carron

“It will become breezy today too in a freshening south west wind, which will be stronger along coasts.

“Highest temperatures this afternoon will reach 12 degrees.

“Heavy rain will affect the west of Ireland tonight, bringing the risk of some river and localised flooding.

“Outbreaks of rain will become more widespread later and it will remain breezy with lowest temperatures of six degrees.

“Heavy spells of overnight rain will continue into Tuesday bringing the ongoing risk of flooding.

“This will spread east by mid afternoon with low cloud and mist."

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And temperatures are set to plunge to as low as freezing point on Tuesday night and as low as -3 degrees on Wednesday night.

“We are looking at much drier, calmer weather over the coming days but it will turn very cold with frost, fog and possible icy stretches", Met Eireann revealed.

“On Wednesday, frost and possible icy stretches will clear early on to leave a mostly dry day and just a few stray showers with highest temperatures of nine degrees.

“Thursday and Friday will be mostly dry and calm but very cold.

"Frost and fog maybe slow to clear with highest temperatures reaching eight degrees for both of those days.”

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