Ireland, fresh from its coldest day in 12 years, is likely to remain in the freezer until the end of this weekend, Met Éireann said.
Temperatures were still as low as -6C in places this morning and the southern half of Ireland is now at risk of snow, sleet and hail showers later in the day, adding to the treacherous and frigid conditions .
The northern half of the country is likely to be dry and clear today as the blanket of freezing fog lifts, but it will be cloudy in the south, increasing the chance of winter showers.
About 20 flights to and from Dublin Airport were canceled today, with up to eight flights going to and from London.
This will make for even more treacherous travel conditions and Transport Infrastructure Ireland has confirmed that Ireland is likely to consume in excess of 35,000 tonnes of gravel during this cold spell – at a cost of a whopping €1.75million.
This is more than a third of the stock that Ireland would normally consume in an entire winter season.
Mercury did not rise above 3.1C in Cavan yesterday, meaning it was the coldest day in Ireland in 12 years and many counties are expected to remain below freezing throughout the day today.
“Another bitterly cold night, but generally dry and clear.
“There is a possibility of an isolated wintry shower near the coast. Widespread frost and ice will develop, with lows of -7C to -1C with a light to moderate northeast breeze,” said Met Éireann’s Aoife Kealy.
It will remain very cold throughout the week with widespread freezing and ice but most areas will remain dry and light with only the occasional coastal wintry shower.
Temperatures will still drop well below freezing overnight and will struggle to surpass zero during the day.
Met Éireann extended its country-wide amber warning for low temperatures and ice through Friday afternoon, with “widespread sharp to severe freezes and frigid intervals.
“Some hail, sleet and snow showers will occur, mainly near the coast. Accumulations are expected to remain small at lower levels. Freezing fog will be intermittent with winds remaining weak over land,” Met Éireann said.
The remainder of the working week will remain bitterly cold, with overnight lows of -6C and -7C and widespread frosts and freezing conditions during the day.
Met Éireann said there was “a lot of uncertainty” in the forecast from Sunday, but current signs suggest there will be more choppy weather and milder weather sweeping across the country.
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