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SNOW AND ICE warning upgraded by Met Éireann

SNOW AND ICE warning upgraded by Met Éireann”

Along with higher ground, counties in the north and north west are expected to be worst hit.

The warning was released this evening after 4pm and is valid until tomorrow, Friday 8 December, at 6pm.

Last night Met Eireann issued a status yellow snow-ice warning for the entire country which will come into force later today.

Looking ahead to tonight's forecast, Met Eireann predict: "Wintry showers will be widespread overnight and frequent in the north with accumulations of snow over inland parts of Ulster and other northern areas".

The status orange alert was put into place on Thursday afternoon for Cavan, Monaghan, Donegal, Longford, Leitrim, Mayo and Sligo.

Forecasters had earlier warned it will be "bitterly cold" for the rest of the week despite a mild day today.

The public has been warned to beware of icy roads and footpaths. Temperatures will be low and it will stay cold for most of next week. It will turn increasingly wintry with biting north-west winds.

"There will be a cold spell for the next ten days".

"He said maximum temperatures on Friday will be three or four degrees in Donegal, with some parts of the county seeing temperatures as low as 2 or 3 degrees", he said.

Road conditions will be in a poor state across the country and motorists are advised to be vigilant for ice and to slow down.



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