More Snow And Ice Forecast For Ireland

Snow in Ashford, Co Wicklow this morning. Pic Angus Tyner 
 Icy conditions and heavy snowfall have resulted in treacherous driving conditions nationwide with more severe weather on the way.  

A weather warning has been issued for Leinster, Ulster and west Connaught where accumulations of up to 10-15cm of snow are likely.  Much of south Connaught and Munster is expected to remain dry.

However, night-time temperatures, coldest inland, will drop to between minus 2-8c.
Wexford Town this morning. Pic Declan Kearney

Yesterday saw some of the heaviest snowfalls for the month of November in years across the west.  The worst affected Counties were Donegal, Sligo, Mayo and Galway.  Meanwhile, heavy overnight snow has caused travel disruption throughout Leinster.  The Sally Gap and the Wicklow Gap are impassable while a number of routes in Kilkenny are also badly affected.

AA Roadwatch has advised extreme care is needed on all routes. Motorists are urged to avoid unnecessary journeys and to reduce speed significantly.

iWeather Online forecaster Peter O’Donnell said the coming days would bring further snow to most areas of the country.

“Widespread flurries and some intervals of heavier snow can be expected tomorrow as a low pressure develops and moves west across Ireland.  Snowfalls of about 2-5 cms can be expected with daytime highs only zero to +2 C.  It will continue very cold and becoming quite windy during the week.  There will be frequent flurries, squalls and periods of heavy snow possible (more in eastern counties than elsewhere, but through the period, most places will see at least some snow”, he said.

Mr. O’Donnell indicated that there indications that temperatures may improve slightly towards the end next week as winds shift to a more north-westerly direction.

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