The predicted cold snap over Ireland is set to arrive today as temperatures remain very cool throughout the afternoon before falling sharply tonight, leading to snow and sleet in some areas.
Bright, cold and blustery today but staying dry in the midlands, south and east for much of the day with sunny spells, but showers will occur across the north and west. The showers will turn increasingly wintry with falls of hail and snow - especially in the north, and a few will push further south this evening. Northwest winds will be strong and gusty. Highest temperatures 4-7 degrees.
Wintry showers will be widespread overnight and frequent in the north with accumulations of snow over inland parts of Ulster and other northern areas. Mainly dry across the south and southwest. Northwest winds will stay strong and gusty. A widespread sharp ground frost will form during clear spells with icy patches forming widely. Lowest temperatures -2 to +3 degrees, coldest inland in the north.
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