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Friday 24 November 2017

Snow and ice hits the country... but get set for a warmer weekend

Snow falling in North County Dublin Picture: Mark Condren
Snow falling in North County Dublin Picture: Mark Condren

Plunging temperatures brought snow to the streets of the capital as other parts of the country were blanketed.

Motorists were warned to take care as icy and snowy conditions caused traffic delays and dangerous conditions.

Dublin Fire Brigade urged drivers to slow down as a status yellow snow-ice warning remains in place for Leinster and Munster today.

Other parts of the country saw more severe conditions, though, as some roads became impassable in Donegal and Kerry.

Warning

Drivers in Kerry were advised by AA Roadwatch to avoid the Conor Pass due to heavy snowfall. A status orange weather warning remains in place in counties Cavan, Monaghan, Donegal, Leitrim, Mayo and Sligo.

The wintry conditions across Europe also saw three flights between Dublin and Heathrow airport cancelled due to the poor weather.

"This was to do with issues around Heathrow. Dublin airport has been fully operational today and remains so," a spokesperson for Dublin Airport said.

Met Eireann said that it is set to be another cold today with rain or sleet forecast for Dublin.

Meteorologist Jean Byrne said any snowfall today will most likely be reserved for the Dublin mountains and temperatures will be between two to five degrees.

However it will be frosty tonight as the mercury may dive to -1C.

The outlook is better for the weekend though with milder temperatures ahead.

"Over the weekend it becomes mild, the cold front is gone and predominantly dry. A lot of cloud over the weekend, we could get one or two spots of light rain and drizzle but that will probably be it," Ms Byrne told the Herald.

Temperatures will be between 7C and 8C on Saturday, and at night between 3C and 4C, while Sunday will get warmer still between 9C or 10C during the day.

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