Snow, freezing fog and haze – day after day the cold weather is collapsing as freezing begins tonight

The country is urged to shut hatches from tonight and prepare for a severe deep freeze in the coming week which will see freezing fog and rain, ice and wintry conditions for the coming days.

The status yellow ice warning issued by Met Éireann goes into effect from midnight Wednesday to Thursday noon, while another status yellow warning for low temperatures and ice goes into effect from 10pm Thursday to 10am Friday .

But the cold stretch, which Met Éireann forecaster Siobhan Ryan believes could last into early next week, will begin tonight when overnight temperatures drop to between 1C and -3C, while overall temperatures are 5C below that average.

However, despite the very cold weather and occasional snow showers, we’re unlikely to storm into our gardens to build snowmen.

Unlike the so-called “Beast from the East” that brought widespread snow to Ireland in 2018, the system causing the current conditions is more reminiscent of that which shut down parts of the country in the winter of 2010.

“We’re not overly concerned about snow – it’s more ice,” Ms Ryan said.

Tuesday night

Sharp freezes and frigid stretches developing into morning with the possibility of wintry showers in the northwest. There is a chance of snow dusting on higher ground, although accumulations are unlikely.

Meanwhile, freezing fog and haze are expected to develop in the south overnight, making for dangerous driving conditions.


Conditions are not expected to improve significantly until Wednesday, when mercury hits between 2 and 4C during the day and falls to between 1C and -3C overnight, with sharp freezing and ice on untreated surfaces.

While it will be dry during the day, wintry showers will descend overnight bringing with them an isolated band of snow, sleet and freezing rain that will create dangerous patches of ice on roads and footpaths in certain areas.


Thursday will remain very cold, with daily highs in the low single digits and further outbreaks of rain, sleet and snow over higher ground before the Status Yellow low temperature warning goes into effect at 10pm. A sharp to severe frost is expected along with frigid surfaces as temperatures drop to -4C overnight in many areas.


While Friday will be mostly dry, there will be isolated wintry showers in the north and northwest, particularly in the Atlantic coastal districts where snow is expected on mountains and higher ground.

Fog and freezing fog will also develop overnight and thicken through the midlands by morning.

Saturday Sunday

The real blast of arctic air – being drawn over Ireland by a high-pressure system – will not come until the weekend, when even daytime temperatures on Saturday and Sunday will struggle to climb above zero. Wintry conditions will prevail over the weekend and are expected to continue into early next week.

Monday Tuesday

“We are still in the grip of the cold weather on Monday and Tuesday. Overall the picture for the next week will be ice, black ice, freezing fog and possibly freezing rain,” said Ms Ryan.

“The only caveat is that there will be very little wind.” Snow, freezing fog and haze – day after day the cold weather is collapsing as freezing begins tonight

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