Temperatures to drop as low as -3C tonight as Met Eireann warns people to be extremely careful on the roads and footpaths – TheLiberal.ie – Our News, Your Views

Temperatures to drop as low as -3C tonight as Met Eireann warns people to be extremely careful on the roads and footpaths

The Met Éireann has warned that temperatures could drop to -3C in some parts of the country tonight and further freezing conditions are also expected tomorrow.

Speaking to RTÉ’s Drivetime, meteorologist Joanna Donnelly said: “Tomorrow’s going to be really cold as well, at times temperatures barely getting above freezing in places, particularly where there’s going to be any snow lying.”

She said temperatures will rise after Thursday, which will bring rain.

The weather warning is currently in effect in various counties.

Counties Donegal, Leitrim and Sligo are on yellow alert for snow and ice until 9am tomorrow.

Met Éireann says snow showers will lead to some accumulation and there will also be icy sections.

Counties Cavan, Monaghan, Clare, Cork, Kerry, Limerick, Galway, Mayo, Roscommon, Longford, Louth, Meath, Offaly and Westmeath are on a ‘Yellow Status’ snow and ice alert until 9am tomorrow.

Speaking to RTÉ’s Morning Ireland, Met Éireann meteorologist Gerry Murphy said tonight would not be as cold as last night, “but nonetheless it will still be cold enough for a widespread frost”.

The cold snap will last through late Thursday and into Friday, he said, “so we have another very cold day in store for tomorrow. Possibly not just quite as cold – temperatures between 2 and 5 again – further wintry showers pushing down over the country, but not quite as many later on, and then very cold tomorrow night once again,” reports RTE.

Mr Murphy explained that “in the short-term the weather over Ireland can be very much determined on where the air is coming from. Really the set-up at the moment is that we have returned to this colder Arctic air which is associated with depressions over to the northeast and so that Arctic air is coming down over us once again. And it’s not as cold and as dry as previously, there’s actually more moisture in it, which means that we’re getting more showers – more wintry showers, especially in the west and north,” reports RTE.

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