Wintry showers on the way for Co Kildare today with chance of sleet and snow

Chill in the air with lowest temperatures 4C

Kim O'Leary

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Snow / Ice weather warning for Kildare and rest of Ireland

Snow/ice warning in effect for entire country until tomorrow Tuesday 11 February 2020.

It's set to be a chilly day ahead with wintry showers including sleet and snow on the way for Co Kildare with a snow/ice warning in place for the entire country for today and tomorrow, Tuesday.

According to Met Eireann the snow/ice warning is in effect from 12.01 Monday 10 February until 11.59pm on Tuesday, 11 February, with snowfall accumulations especially in the west and north.

"Frost in places at first, cold and windy today with strong and very squally westerly winds. There will be a mix of sunny spells and heavy rain and hail showers, which will turn increasingly to sleet and snow later today.

Some thundery downpours also and local flooding. Highest afternoon temperatures of just 4 or 5 degrees, but feeling colder due to wind chill factor," said forecasters from Met Eireann.

Cold and very windy tonight but frost and icy patches developing in spite of the wind with temperatures of around zero Celsius. There will be clear periods and scattered sleet and snow showers with snow lying in places.

Tuesday: Cold and very windy with sunny spells and scattered heavy rain, hail sleet and snow shower at times during the day. Strong to gale force and squally westerly winds and afternoon temperatures of 2 to 5 degrees Celsius. 

Tuesday night: Cold on Tuesday night with wintry falls continuing in the southwest, west and northwest and some snow lying, drier in the midlands east and south with just well scattered wintry showers. Frost and icy conditions with overnight lows of around zero or -1 C.

 Headline: Very disturbed through the rest of this week. Cold and wintry conditions at first but milder later in the week but there will still be some very wet and windy periods.

Meanwhile the RSA is warning motorists to be extra vigilant over the next two days with snow and icy conditions forecast.

The Road Safety Authority (RSA) is advising all road users to prepare for cold weather conditions as Met Eireann have issued a Yellow Weather Warning for Snow and Ice for Monday and Tuesday.

Wintery showers of hail, sleet and snow are expected. With overnight temperatures expected around zero or below over the coming nights there is also a significant risk of icy patches, which will make road use hazardous. Snowfall accumulations are expected to affect the west and north of the country particularly on higher ground, but snow is possible at lower levels into Tuesday.

The RSA has the following practical advice for road users to cope with the icy, hail and snow conditions:

  • Clear windows and mirrors before you set out, use a screen scraper and de-icer. Do not use hot water on the windscreen as it can crack the glass.
  • Remove all snow from your vehicle before commencing your journey. Snow left on the roof will become loose and can drop onto the windscreen during braking, thereby causing sudden and severe restriction to your vision. It can also fall off during your drive and cause injury to pedestrians or a reflex action by another driver.
  • In snow and icy conditions slow down, use all controls delicately and leave extra distance between you and the vehicle in front. Avoid over steering and harsh braking and harsh acceleration. Use the highest gear possible to avoid wheel spin. Select a low gear when travelling downhill especially if through bends.
  • In snow or sleet conditions, visibility will be reduced. Do not drive on the tail-lights of the vehicle in front (Target Fixing). This can give a false sense of security and you will be too close to be able to brake safely.
  • In heavy snow, use your fog lights, turn off your radio and open your window a fraction, so you can hear other traffic, especially at junctions.
  • Use dipped headlights at all times, and fog lights in heavy snow to ensure you are seen by other motorists (but don’t forget to turn them off afterwards).
  • Watch out for vulnerable road users such as pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists and allow extra space when overtaking them.
  • Drivers of high sided vehicles like trucks and buses are particularly at risk from both the dangers posed by ice and snow but also from the high winds associated with strong winds.
  • Drivers need to be on guard to the potential danger posed by hailstones. If you encounter hail stones reduce your speed, without breaking if possible. Warn other drivers by using your hazard warning lights. Driving slowly in a high gear will help your tyres maintain grip even as your tyres move over the compacted pellets of ice. Accelerate and brake very gently, and drive particularly slowly on bends where loss of control is more likely. Avoiding sudden actions.