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Snow Thanks Snow and sleet expected this weekend as two Status Yellow wind alerts issued

On Friday, temperatures in the early afternoon will be around four to nine degrees but it will get colder as the day progresses.

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Woman breathing on her hands to keep them warm at cold winter day (Stock image)

Woman breathing on her hands to keep them warm at cold winter day (Stock image)

Woman breathing on her hands to keep them warm at cold winter day (Stock image)

Met Éireann have predicted a high possibility of snow and sleet over the weekend with daytime lows of just three degrees on Sunday.

From Friday, the country will feel much colder than earlier in the week as “strong winds and cool polar air” sets down over Ireland.

While there will be sunny spells and widespread blustery showers, some of the showers will turn to sleet later, with snow possible and expected on high ground.

Temperatures in the early afternoon will be around four to nine degrees but it will get colder as the day progresses.

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Sheep in cold weather

Sheep in cold weather

Sheep in cold weather

And the northwest is also set to lashed by strong winds gusting up to 90km/h.

Met Éireann have also issued a Status Yellow wind warning for Donegal from 3pm on Friday afternoon until 6am Saturday morning, while the UK Met Office issued a separate warning from 12pm to midnight on Friday for Antrim, Armagh, Derry, Down, Fermanagh, and Tyrone.

“Northerly winds are expected to reach mean speeds in excess of 50km/h with gusts in excess of 90km/h,” the national forecaster revealed.

It will be very windy on Friday night with strong to near gale force north to northwest winds and gales around the coast.

A Status Yellow gale warning has been issued for all Irish coastal waters and the Irish Sea as gusts will reach gale force 8 or gale force 9.

The warning is in place from Friday at midnight until 12pm Saturday.

Saturday morning will continue to be quite windy with fresh to strong breezes, but it will become gradually calmer through the day.

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A cold and bright day with long spells of sunshine, most areas will stay dry but there will be a few showers in the north and towards the west coast.

Afternoon temperatures will hover between four to six degrees before dropping to below freezing during the night with lows of minus one to four degrees.

With a frosty start to the day, Sunday will be cloudy with outbreaks of rain and drizzle.

It will be cold in the morning and will remain cold in the east all day, with afternoon temperatures dropping to a freezing three to five degrees.

However, it will become milder in the west with temperatures increasing to around eight to 11 degrees.

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