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Published: Wed, December 13, 2017
Tech | By Dwayne Harmon

Significant snow fall expected as status Orange warning issued

Significant snow fall expected as status Orange warning issued

SNOW and ice blanketed parts of the country over the weekend, the coldest county in Ireland last night has been revealed.

Met Eireann has also issued a yellow snow ice warning for a number of western counties and Dublin. It's going to bring local spot flooding into the south and south-west but as it moves northwards into that cold air it is going to turn to snow and we're expecting large accumulations over Connacht, the midlands and much of Leinster too.

"Highest temperatures of 4C to 8C in strong westerly winds". That snow will continue on Sunday. Temperatures on Sunday evening will struggle to rise above freezing.

Widespread severe frost is expected to return overnight with icy patches in many places.

AA Roadwatch said road conditions remain icy around Barna in Galway, Kilkenny city, Tralee in Co Kerry, Tullamore in Co Offaly, and Abbeyleix in Co Laois. The weather today will be cold and and frosty with icy stretches and temperatures between 2C and 5C.

Widespread snowfalls were reported in Northern Ireland yesterday
Widespread snowfalls were reported in Northern Ireland yesterday

Road users are also being warned to take extreme care as between 4cm to 8cms of snow is expected to fall - leaving road conditions treacherous. "Beware of black ice!"

Assistant Commissioner Michael Finn said: "Please be aware that visibility is reduced in snowy conditions, so drive slowly if you need to make a journey".

However, conditions were worse today in the south of the county, with Gardai warning earlier that M9 Dublin/Waterford Road was particularly bad at J4 Castledermot, due to snow.

"Allow extra time to defrost your vehicle before your journey and keep in mind that stopping distances are up to 10 times longer in icy conditions".

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