Some “very icy conditions” are on the way with the risk of sleet and snow in some areas tomorrow.
A Status Yellow ice warning will come into force for the entire country from 6pm this evening.
It is due to remain in place until 10am tomorrow, with Met Éireann warning of, “Hazardous conditions due to freezing temperatures, including icy stretches on roads and paths.”
Status Yellow - Ice warning for Ireland ⚠️
Hazardous conditions due to freezing temperatures including icy stretches on roads and paths. 🚶♂️🚗🚴
Valid: 18:00 Monday 06/03/2023 to 10:00 Tuesday 07/03/2023
— Met Éireann (@MetEireann) March 5, 2023
Alan O'Reilly from Carlow Weather told Newstalk there could be sleet and snow in some areas:
“It will certainly remain cold for Tuesday and into Wednesday and possibly into Thursday,” he said.
“Unfortunately, there is still a great deal of uncertainty around the details of the weather on Wednesday and Thursday with a risk of some sleet and snow moving in.
“It could hold off and stay just cold but mainly dry but certainly, there’s a risk of some wintry falls, so people will need to stay up to date with the weather forecast.”
Met Éireann said today will start with hazy, sunny spells and scattered showers before outbreaks of rain begin moving southwards.
It will turn colder and clearer behind the rain with things then set to get very cold in the evening.
Tonight, temperatures could drop as low as -4C, leading to widespread sharp frost, possible icy stretches and wintry showers in some areas.
Mr O’Reilly said the “blast of very cold, arctic air” could create hazardous conditions on the roads.
“Especially on Tuesday, after the rainfall on Monday,” he said.
“So, footpaths for pedestrians and roads for car users, everyone should just slow down and allow for a bit of extra time.
“We are back to defrosting the cars for a period of time.”
He said the cold conditions will remain into Wednesday and possibly into Thursday.
Meanwhile, Britain could be in for its coldest temperatures of the year, with the UK’s Met Office warning things could get as cold as -10C in parts of Scotland.