Extremely frosty nights ahead as cold snap continues

Story by Geraldine Grennan

Thursday, 31st January, 2019 5:26pm

Extremely frosty nights ahead as cold snap continues

Frost covered trees as cold snap takes effect

With a nationwide “status yellow” weather warning in place until midday on Sunday, February 3, motorists in the Midlands can look forward to some extremely frosty nights and dangerous driving conditions heading into the weekend.

While we will largely escape any heavy accumulations of snow, temperatures are expected to plunge to as low as -7C in parts of the Midlands over the weekend.

Met Eireann have said all parts of Leinster will be “feeling raw” for the rest of the week, with extremely frosty nights and widespread frost, but no significant risk of snow.

It will be "extremely cold this evening and overnight with brisk northeasterlies and further wintry falls," a forecaster said, with some light snow accumulations in lower areas.

Overnight, temperatures will dip to -4c, giving rise to “treacherous driving conditions” tomorrow morning (Friday) due to extreme frost and ice.

Tomorrow (Friday) will be a drier brighter day with lots of winter sunshine and some scattered wintry showers, but overnight temperatures will be between -2 and -5C, and even colder over any areas with lying snow.

Temperatures are set to drop to as low as -7C in Leinster over the weekend.

"Frost and ice slowly clearing with dry bright sunny weather for much the day on Saturday. However some cloud will build across Atlantic counties in the afternoon," Met Eireann said.

"Highs of 3 to 6 degrees Celsius, in mostly light northwest breezes. Bitterly cold overnight with lows of -3 to -7, coldest over any lying snow. There will be a widespread severe frost too, with icy roads and some freezing fog also."

"On Sunday, it will become drier into the late morning though with winter sunshine. Moderate southwest breezes will veer westerly later. Afternoon highs of 5 to 8c degrees Celcius. It will be bitterly cold on Sunday night with overnight temperatures of 0 to -3.

Heading into next week, Monday is expected to be a relatively mild day, with highs of 7 to 10 degs C, but some rain in the morning, which is expected to clear for the second half of the day. However, Monday night will stay cool, with frost in some sheltered areas.




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