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Met Eireann predicts three days of snowfall in Ireland; Yellow alert in two counties

DUBLIN: Met Eireann has forecast three days of heavy snowfall in various parts of Ireland from today.

Met Eireann said Saturday, Sunday and Monday will be even colder in Ireland as more winter conditions reach the Irish coast and temperatures drop sharply for the next three days.

The Snow Alert, which started last night, will continue for 50 hours.

The weather is expected to be the worst in the northern half of the country and the chances of snowfall are very high here.

Heavy rain is expected in Wicklow and Wexford counties, where a yellow alert has been issued.

“Saturday morning will be cold and windy. It will be mainly dry in Ulster, however rain will continue elsewhere falling as sleet or snow at times, especially in Leinster. It will gradually clear southwards through the afternoon and early evening. Highest temperatures of 3 to 6 degrees with fresh to strong and gusty easterly winds gradually easing during the afternoon,” a Met Eireann forecaster said.

The northern part of the country is likely to experience the heaviest snowfall on Sunday morning, Met Eireann said. Meanwhile, it will be a little warmer in the south. However, at night it may snow in Connacht, west Munster and west Ulster.

A forecaster said: “Over the weekend it will be cold with prolonged spells of rain. During Sunday morning rain and sleet will spread eastwards across the country, falling as snow in places, especially over the northern half of the country.”

“Highest daytime temperatures of 1 to 4 degrees for most areas and reaching 6 to 8 degrees in Munster with moderate to fresh easterly winds,” he said.

Snowfall is expected in parts of Ulster and north Connacht during the day on Monday, with snow only in Ulster at night. Heavy rain also can be expected here, Met Eireann said.

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