Tuesday 19 February 2019

One last ice threat then spring is on its way, say forecasters

A family playing in the snow left by the ‘Son of the Beast’ at Powerscourt Gardens, Enniskerry, Co Wicklow this week (Collins)
A family playing in the snow left by the ‘Son of the Beast’ at Powerscourt Gardens, Enniskerry, Co Wicklow this week (Collins)

Milder spring weather is on the horizon - but motorists have been warned that frost and ice will continue to pose a risk until next weekend.

Met Eireann confirmed that the country will bounce back from the frigid temperatures of Storm Emma and the 'Son of the Beast' as Ireland's traditional Atlantic weather slowly begins to push back freezing winds from the Russian Arctic.

While temperatures sank to as low as -7C on Monday, conditions will significantly improve from today.

However, both gardai and the Road Safety Authority urged commuters to travel with care given that overnight frost and perhaps even black ice are possible up until Sunday.


Snow will linger on areas of higher ground potentially until tomorrow.

"The forecast is still for overnight frost so we are again appealing to motorists to slow down, allow extra time for journeys and be aware of the braking distance to the vehicle in front of them," a garda spokesman said.

The bad news is that while conditions will be significantly warmer, they will also be substantially wetter, with showers - some of which will be quite heavy - dominating Ireland's weather from tomorrow as the country largely loses the bright spells of sunshine that came in the wake of the icy spell.

"Wednesday will be a mostly cloudy day with outbreaks of rain and drizzle in the northwest spreading eastwards during the morning but staying mostly dry further south with just patchy drizzle," a Met Eireann official said yesterday.

"But the outlook is for unsettled conditions with persistent rain clearing to showery conditions and some frost towards the end of the week."

While today will witness cloudy conditions with spells of rain, tomorrow will see rain become persistent in most areas.

Temperatures will soar to an almost balmy 11C by Saturday, though next weekend will witness heavy showers and winds in many areas.

However, next week is expected to see another climb in temperatures as spring finally takes hold after an unseasonably long winter.

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