Dublin likely to escape first blast of snow set to blanket the country
Dublin will likely be spared the first major snowfall of the year that is expected to blanket much of the country over the weekend.
Anyone in the capital hoping to wake up to a winter wonderland tomorrow will probably be disappointed, according to Met Eireann forecaster Liz Walsh.
That is despite a status orange snow and ice warning issued for 17 counties, including Dublin, that will go into effect from 11pm tonight until 11pm tomorrow.
However, accumulations of snow are expected on the Dublin and Wicklow mountains and surrounding areas.
The capital's proximity to the moderating influence of the Irish Sea means accumulations of up to 8cms expected in some inland areas are highly unlikely, Ms Walsh said.
However, ice will make driving conditions quite treacherous as the mercury plummets to -3C overnight tonight and will hover around freezing tomorrow with highs of only 3C.
The risk of icy stretches on roads will be even greater on Monday morning when overnight temperatures tomorrow could plunge even lower, with inland areas in the Midlands looking at overnight figures of -8C, said Ms Walsh.
Meanwhile, counties Cavan, Monaghan, Donegal, Kildare, Laois, Longford, Louth, Wicklow, Offaly, Westmeath and Meath and the five counties in Connaught could see accumulations of between 4cm and 8cms of snow, with drifting likely due to strong northerly winds, by tomorrow morning and throughout the day.
This is due to the clash of cold air with heavy rain moving northwards from the south-west overnight and another rain system moving southwards during the day tomorrow, she said.
Today will be mostly dry and bright, but "it's going to be a pretty wet and snowy Sunday for some people", Ms Walsh said.