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Snow Way Met Éireann issue Status Yellow snow and ice warning for entire country

The national forecaster has warned the public to take care on the roads tonight and Thursday morning.

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Stock picture: PA

Stock picture: PA

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Met Éireann have issued a Status Yellow snow and ice warning for the entire country.

The alert is in place from 10pm tonight until midday tomorrow, with blustery showers of hail, sleet, and snow expected, as well as some thunder and lightning.

The national forecaster has warned the public to take care on the roads tonight and Thursday morning as “icy stretches on untreated surfaces will lead to hazardous driving conditions.”

The Status Yellow alert extends to Northern Ireland too, with a snow warning in place for Antrim, Fermanagh, Tyrone, and Derry.

The UK Met Office predicts that heavy snow showers, gusty winds, and “frequent” lightning will affect these counties from 5pm today until 8pm Thursday.

Met Éireann meteorologist Emer Flood said that a cold front moving across the country this afternoon will result in a noticeable temperature drop to between –2 and +1C.

“Temperatures will drop quite quickly this evening with the chance of frost and ice forming, especially for inland and rural areas,” she said.

“It’ll be windy tonight too especially in northern and western areas, this helping to drive wintry showers of snow, sleet and hail inland.

“Some areas especially in the northwest will see some snow accumulations of a few centimetres to lower levels, accumulations elsewhere will be mainly confined to high ground.

“It’ll remain very cold and windy across the country on Thursday with continued snow showers, this leading to treacherous driving conditions from icy stretches and reduced visibility on the roads in places.

“This polar maritime airmass is quite unstable so we could see some hail and lightning at times throughout Thursday too.”

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Commenting on the forecast for the rest of the week, Ms Flood continued: “Following this cold spell, temperatures will recover on Friday and into the weekend with highs of around 8 to 10C.

“Although there is some rain in the forecast over the weekend, much of this will fall overnight so there’ll be decent spell of dry and bright weather around over the weekend too.”

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