Strong winds and freezing temperatures on the way tonight as cold spell begins

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Strong winds and freezing temperatures on the way tonight as cold spell begins
16:30 Wednesday 11th of January 2017

The cold snap that is being forecast for Ireland is set to arrive tonight as temperatures fall to below freezing and winds begin to get stronger overnight.

It will be very cold and windy tonight, with a mix of clear spells and scattered showers that will turn increasingly to hail, sleet and snow in Ulster, Connacht and in north Leinster, with some accumulations by morning. More persistent rain and sleet will move in across much of Munster later in the night, with some snow, mainly over high ground. Minimum temperatures -1 to +2 degrees, in fresh westerly winds, strong along north and northwest coasts.

Tomorrow, Thursday, will be bitterly cold, with scattered showers, many falling as hail, sleet and snow, some of them heavy and thundery, especialy in the west and north. Some sunny spells also, especially in eastern and southeastern coastal areas, where the showers will be more scattered.

In Munster and parts of south Leinster, it will be cloudy in the morning, with more persistent rain and sleet for a time, but there is also a risk of snow, especially as it clears away later in the morning, giving way to scattered wintry showers in the afternoon. Maximum temperatures 2-6 degrees, in moderate to fresh westerly winds, later veering northwesterly and strengthening in Atlantic coastal areas.

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