Weather in Ireland: Temperatures will drop throughout the day as Met Éireann issues an orange ice warning

Later in the day it is expected to drop to -5C in many parts of the country, with Met Éireann issuing a status orange warning for low temperatures and ice.

Statewide yellow low temperature, ice and freezing fog warnings are in effect through 12 noon. The forecaster says: “Saturday evening will see sharp frosts and more freezing spells set in as temperatures drop to -5 degrees in places.

“Necks of ice fog are expected, creating potentially hazardous travel conditions.”

A status yellow snow warning for counties Dublin, Kildare and Wicklow is due to expire at midday today, with partial further wintry showers expected this morning.

Met Éireann announced its cold weather warning earlier last week, but today is the first time a status orange low temperature alert has been issued since.

“A severe frost and other icy stretches will set in on Sunday night, accompanied by freezing wafts of fog. Temperatures are likely to drop below -5 degrees in many areas,” Met Éireann said.

The National Emergency Coordination Group is due to meet at 10.30am this morning to assess the impact of the weather and plan for the coming days.

Met Éireann meteorologist Mathew Martin said the public needs to be alert for possible icy patches on footpaths and roads this morning.

“It’s going to be very cold with yellow warnings for freezing fog, low temperatures and ice for the country,” he said.

“We have a snow warning for Dublin, Kildare and Wicklow. This is being localized but we are certainly expecting a few snow showers and in areas hit by the showers there could be a few inches [of snow]. Over the rise in Wicklow it could be a little more. The main thing is that there can be icy stretches.”

“The cold snap will stay with us until Thursday or Friday. It’s going to be very, very cold tonight. There is a status orange warning for low temperatures from tonight into Monday morning, with temperatures plummeting to -5C on Sunday evening. Temperatures then stayed below 0 degrees in many places on Monday,” he added.

The Met Éireann cold weather warning is currently in effect through Wednesday. The forecaster said it will remain cold due to an “Arctic airmass” that will bring “hard to severe frost and ice or icy roads and footpaths” and “some hail, sleet and snow showers”. mainly in coastal regions.

The ongoing severe weather has disrupted travel plans for thousands of passengers at Dublin Airport over the past three days.

On Friday, airlines including Ryanair and Aer Lingus worked all day to de-ice planes, but ultimately 143 flights were cancelled. Another 50 flights were canceled yesterday as a result of Friday’s disruption.

According to the daa website, seven flights to and from Dublin have been canceled so far today.

Canceled departures today:

  • 05:25 ET552 Toronto (YYZ) Ethiopian Airlines
  • 06:40 EI152 London (LHR) Aer Lingus
  • 10:50 BA845 London (LHR) British Airways
  • 13:05 BA835 London (LHR) British Airways

Canceled arrivals today:

  • 09:50 BA830 London (LHR) British Airways
  • 10:15 EI153 London (LHR) Aer Lingus
  • 12:15 BA834 London (LHR) British Airways

In a statement released this morning, a spokesman for the daa said: “The first wave of departures at Dublin Airport has successfully taken off without delays. Airlines have said they expect a normal flight schedule today with a minimum of cancellations. All runways and taxiways are fully functional as in the last two days.

“With the extremely cold weather forecast to continue into the middle of next week, intended passengers should continue to check with their airline for the status of their flight prior to travel.” Weather in Ireland: Temperatures will drop throughout the day as Met Éireann issues an orange ice warning

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