A Status Yellow weather and ice warning has been put in place for 18 counties in the country. These include, Dublin, Cavan, Monaghan, Laois, Kildare, Carlow, Louth, Longford Westmeath, Offaly, Meath and most of Connacht. This warning is valid until 6pm Sunday.
Monday is to be milder with temperatures well above freezing. The early part of the week will see mild and showery conditions for the south, with a continued risk of ice, frost and snow for the north.
The UK Met Office have also issued a Status Yellow warning for Derry, Armagh, Antrim, Down, Fermanagh and Tyrone. This warning takes effect from 10pm tonight and will last until midnight on Tuesday.
The Met Office said, “Snow, with a risk of widespread ice, is likely to push slowly northeast during Tuesday, bringing difficult travel conditions”.
RTE Weather tweeted, “Wet & blustery today, cooler in Ulster with some wintry showers. Heavy rain will move in from the Southwest later with a warning likely to be issued”.
Gardaí and the Road Safety Authority of Ireland have urged motorists to drive with due care and attention with the threat of snow and ice replaced with spot flooding given the showers that are forcasted for this week.
The rest of the week:
Regarding Tuesday’s weather, Met Éireann had this to say, “Tuesday will be wet and breezy with frequent showers merging to longer spells of rain. Some showers may have hail, with wintry falls possible in north Ulster”.
They also added, “However, it will remain milder with lowest temperatures well above freezing at 5C”.
“Tuesday night will see rain turn heavy and persistent at times, most likely over the west and north with showers and clear spells elsewhere”.
For Wednesday, the national forcaster said, “It will continue wet and breezy on Wednesday with frequent showers or longer spells of rain and the best of any dry spells will be in Leinster”.
For Wednesday night’s weather: “Wednesday night will remain breezy with showery rain in all areas. A risk of hail in the east though it will feel a little colder with temperatures of around 3C”.
“Widespread showers” and a “risk of hail” were forecasted for Thursday. Met Éireann also said that temperatures will be between “7 and 10 degrees”.
Friday is to see further showers, however there is better weather expected for Saturday.
Saturday is expected to see drier weather conditions.
The forecaster also said this. “Now it does look like there are growing indications that the weather will turn colder from Friday, the weekend and into the early days of next week”.