Temperatures fall to -4 as cold snap bites

Met Éireann forecasts scattered snow showers in Munster, Connacht and Ulster

Snowfalls on the Dromara Hills, Co Down. Photograph: Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press

Snowfalls on the Dromara Hills, Co Down. Photograph: Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press

 

A status yellow snow and ice warning for Connacht, Co Donegal, Co Clare, Co Cork, Co Kerry and Co Limerick saw temperatures reach -4 in some areasovernight.

Temperatures at Moorepark, Co Cork were -4 and was still -2 by early morning. Temperatures in most of the country were barely above zero by 9am.

The weather warning was in place until 11am on Thursday.

Heavy snow fell in parts of Co Longford, Co Cavan and Northern Ireland on Wednesday.

Met Éireann uses status yellow alerts to notify people at risk, but they are less serious signals than orange and red weather warnings, according to forecasters.

Scattered snow showers will mostly affect parts of west Munster, Connacht and west Ulster, leading to accumulations of 1 to 3cm in some areas.

Met Éireann forecaster Siobhán Ryan said some snow was expected on Thursday morning, especially on higher ground, in the western half of the country, but it would turn to rain or hail by afternoon.

Temperatures

Temperatures of between minus three to minus four degrees Celsius are expected on Thursday, while a sharp severe frost will develop on Thursday night.

Later on Thursday night a southwest breeze will bring in cloud from the Atlantic and rain to coastal counties, which will lead to a rise in temperatures.