Ireland braces for snow as weather warnings in place for nine counties

Aubrey Yates
January 13, 2018

Heavy rain is expected on Sunday evening in the north west and west and across the country on Sunday night.

Met Eireann have just issued Status Yellow Rainfall Warnings for Carlow, Kilkenny, Wexford and Wicklow.

The warning was issued today Friday 12 January at 11am, and is valid from 6pm this evening for 24 hours, to Saturday 13 January at 6pm.

The same warning has been issued for Galway, Mayo, Clare, Limerick, Tipperary and Waterford between noon today and noon tomorrow.

Heavy rainfall with flooding in places is hitting Ireland now, and spreading across the country as the day goes on.

Falls of 30 to 50mm are expected and spot flooding is likely.

Temperatures will range between 7 and 10 degrees.

"It will still be rather windy in fresh and gusty southeast winds".

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There will be a wet start on Saturday across much of Ulster and Leinster, with further outbreaks of rain.

"Elsewhere it should become largely dry with some brighter spells, though mist and fog patches will persist locally with slacker winds. Frost free with lowest temperatures ranging from 5C to 8C".

"Highest temperatures will range from 6C to 10C, coolest in the damp/wet weather across the north and east".

The rest of the weekend will be unsettled with wet and windy weather and it will be much colder heading into next week, becoming increasingly blustery and showery.

The heaviest rainfall is most likely to fall between noon and midnight today.

The Irish weather authority warned showers will turn wintry on Tuesday with 'falls of sleet and snow increasingly more likely'.

There will be frost and ice also in some parts, but mainly for sheltered areas.

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