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Irish Mirror
Justin Kelly

Snow already falling 'heavily' in Cork and Kerry amid Met Éireann update on areas to be hit in coming days

There are reports this afternoon of heavy snow falling in parts of Cork and Kerry as a freezing spell of weather grips the country.

A number of areas are reporting snow including Clonakilty in Cork and Tralee in Kerry.

The Cork Safety Alerts Twitter account posted an image of a traffic camera in the Ballyvourney area showing snowfall.

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They said: "Reports of heavy snow falling in Clonakilty, and also in the Ballyvourney area (as seen on the attached traffic camera!"

Another Twitter user shared a video of quite heavy snow falling in Tralee. Numerous other users shared details of snow in their areas, particularly in Cork and Kerry.

The change in weather fits with Met Éireann's forecast for sleet and snow which looks set to stay confined to the west coast and higher ground in inland areas.

The entire country is currently under a status yellow low temperature/snow and ice warning from Met Éireann.

In that, they warn of "icy stretches leading to hazardous travelling conditions, especially on untreated roads and paths.

"Wintry showers in the northwest and southwest. Accumulations possible, especially in mountainous areas, leading to disruption."

The warning is valid until noon on Tuesday.

However, their outlook for the week until Thursday says it will be "cold with wintry showers and with severe frosts and ice."

Looking more precisely at Monday night, Met Éireann's latest forecast says: "Tonight will be very cold with a widespread severe frost, patches of mist and fog and icy stretches. Showery outbreaks of sleet and snow will affect parts of the north, northwest and southwest with some snowfall accumulations, especially on high ground. Dry elsewhere with clear spells. Lowest temperatures of -5 to -1 degrees, locally lower.

"Tuesday will be very cold with frost and ice lingering in many areas. Sunny spells and scattered showers will occur. Showers will be most frequent in Connacht and Ulster and later in the southwest. Isolated thunderstorms and falls of hail, sleet and snow are possible, especially in the evening. Eastern and southern areas will be mainly dry. Highest temperatures of 1 to 4 degrees with light northwest breezes gradually freshening.

"Tuesday night will be cold with showers of sleet and snow. A sharp to severe frost with icy stretches and some freezing fog patches too. Lowest temperatures of -4 to 0 degrees," they continued.

There are more "scatterred wintry showers" in the forecast for Wednesday, again for the west and north, as well as some sunny spells with "highest temperatures of 3 to 6 degrees with moderate to fresh northwest winds.

"Wednesday night will be very cold with a widespread severe frost and icy stretches, Lowest temperatures of -5 to -2 degrees."

They say "Thursday will continue very cold with frost and ice lingering in some areas for much of the day. Cloudier conditions will develop in the west and southwest with outbreaks of rain and sleet developing at times. Highest afternoon temperatures of 1 to 6 degrees, coldest in Ulster. On Thursday night, rain will spread eastwards across Ireland, falling as sleet or snow in places for a time. Temperatures will fall below zero in Ulster early in the night, but will gradually increase overnight."

The change comes on Friday as Met Éireann says it will be "a much milder and mostly cloudy day with outbreaks of rain and drizzle. Highest temperatures of 7 to 10 degrees with moderate west to southwest breezes."

The outlook for next weekend is for mild, mostly cloudy and unsettled weather with spells of rain at times.

"Day time temperatures will range from about 9 to 12 degrees with moderate to fresh southwest winds. The nights will be frost-free," Met Éireann says.


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