‘A dramatic change this weekend’ – Frost, ice and temperatures of -5C to be quickly followed by ‘massive’ storm

Abbeyfeale on the Kerry-Limerick border was the coldest place in the country so far this week as it hit -6.5C

A status yellow low temperature and ice warning for all of Ireland was extended for another day and will now be in place until noon on Thursday.

Met Éireann has also extended a status yellow snow and ice warning for Donegal, Leitrim, Mayo and Sligo, which will be in effect until 11am on Thursday.

A weather advisory for Ireland remains in place until midday on Friday as cold Arctic air will bring difficult conditions this week.

Sharp to severe frosts are expected with icy stretches on roads and pavements. There may be sleet and snow, mostly in the north and on the hills, the national forecaster said.

Luna (left) and Daisy play in the snow during a walk at Sixmilewater Park in Ballyclare, Co Antrim. Photo: PA

Carlow Weather’s Alan O’Reilly has forecast the freezing temperatures to be followed quickly by mild weather and a potential “massive storm” on Sunday.

Speaking to RTÉ Radio One’s Claire Byrne this morning, Mr O’Reilly said we were set for a “dramatic change”.

“It will be very hard frost again tonight and very little thaw tomorrow, with a hard frost again overnight on Thursday and very little thaw again – it will stay bitterly cold,” Mr Reilly said.

“There have already been a good few snow showers. Abbeyfeale was the coldest place in the country with -6.5C this morning.

“But we are set for a dramatic change for the weekend. If you don’t like the cold weather, it’s good news, but if you don’t like the rain then it’s not good news.

“We’re in for a massive storm on Sunday, very strong gusts and very heavy rain.”

Looking further ahead, Mr O’Reilly said the forecast is for unsettled weather next Monday and Tuesday.

“We’ve had an exceptionally mild winter so far. Most people are happy enough when it is cold and crisp and dry, and there’s a nice blue sky, but the cost of the heating is probably the biggest issue,” he said.

Mr O’Reilly added that Ireland was only halfway through winter, since meteorologists determine winter to be from December to February.

“The weather models show that we could have another high-pressure system at the start of February so we could see another cold spell yet. But the first half of the winter will certainly go down as mild,” he said.

Meanwhile, for those planning to travel north today, the UK’s Met Office has issued a yellow snow and ice warning for all counties in Northern Ireland until midnight.

Antrim, Armagh, Down, Fermanagh, Tyrone and Derry could see frequent heavy snow showers continuing to push inland, which may lead to travel disruptions across the country.

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Temperatures will be low, ranging between 0-4C, with light freezes.

Today, the day will remain mostly dry with some sunny spells, but some scattered wintry showers in the northern counties and some showers in the west can be expected.

Widespread frost and ice are likely on a very cold Wednesday night, as temperatures will drop to –5C to –1C, accompanied by light breezes.

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Most areas will remain dry with clear spells, patches of fog and possible freezing fog.

Northern and western coasts might see some wintry showers.

Thursday will be another very cold day with frost, ice, and fog that will clear slowly and linger in some areas for the whole day, Met Éireann said.

However, Leinster and Munster will enjoy sunny spells and remain dry in most places.

Scattered wintry showers are likely in the northwest, extending to Ulster and Connacht later in the day. Temperatures will be 1 to 5C, with light breezes expected.

Thursday night will remain dry in most places and clear, with isolated showers on the western and northern coasts.

The night will be very cold as widespread sharp to severe frost with ice, patches of fog and possible freezing fog are expected.

Temperatures will drop to –5 to –2C, with light and variable breezes.

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