Sunday 17 December 2017

Wintry showers on the way as icy conditions to last all week

A young girl makes her way home with flowers to her mother in North Dublin.
A young girl makes her way home with flowers to her mother in North Dublin.
Shona Dreaper (left) & Frankie Fitzsimons of the Turf Club walk the track before The Pigeons PTP in Co.Westmeath was called off after a snow

Spring is on hold this week as Arctic conditions look set to freeze the nation.

Wintry showers are forecast for the capital, with temperatures unlikely to rise above 4C.

There was sleet and snow in Dublin yesterday, with the airport forced to suspend operations for 20 minutes to clear slush from the main runway.

"It's going to be a cold few days," said Met Eireann forecaster Eoin Sherlock.

"We can expect wintry showers, widespread rain, sleet and snow with strong blustery winds".

Temperatures will plummet to -1C tonight, bringing the risk of icy road conditions tomorrow morning.

"A light dusting of snow is expected to settle on areas of higher ground later tonight," Mr Sherlock said.

A status yellow weather warning is to remain in place nationwide until Wednesday as cold air from Canada brings the freezing conditions.

"It will be Wednesday before we see a rise in temperatures when we can expect highs of between 7C and 8C," Mr Sherlock said, but he warned that the icy conditions will return later that night.

"Low pressure moving between Ireland and Iceland is causing this cold snap. It will be Friday before we see any real improvement."


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