Met Éireann’s nationwide status yellow snow-ice warning has been extended into Monday morning.
Accumulations of up to 3cm of snow are forecast throughout today and tonight, with larger amounts on higher ground.
The warning became valid at midnight last night, and will remain in place until 6am tomorrow morning.
“Cold tonight with wintry showers continuing this evening and overnight. Lowest temperatures of -1 to -2 degrees with frost and icy developing. Winds will moderate and back southwesterly,” the regional forecast indicates.
Met Éireann says that despite the frosty start to tomorrow, the wintry showers will die out through the afternoon, with highest temperatures of 4 to 6 degrees.
Temperatures will dip again tomorrow night, with temperatures plummeting to -3 degrees.
“Rain, sleet and snow will continue to spread eastwards through Monday night. It will clear overnight with sleet and snow showers following on to western and northern coastal areas. Winds will gradually moderate and veer from the southwest to west with the clearing rain. Icy stretches will form on untreated roads and footpaths as temperatures fall to between minus 1 and minus 3 degrees,” the forecaster says.
The snow-ice warning is also currently in place in Northern Ireland, with the UK Met Office saying that “frequent, heavy hail and snow showers” are on the cards for today, with snow accumulating on many surfaces.
“The cold conditions with a mixture of clear spells and wintry showers will continue through Sunday night and Monday morning. This will result in temperatures falling rapidly on Sunday evening and icy patches developing on untreated surfaces, especially where any wintry showers lead to wash off of previous treatment,” the UK Met Office’s Chief Forecaster warns.
“Showers of hail and snow are expected through Monday morning. Strong winds will lead to drifting of snow, with temporary blizzard conditions over higher routes. The showers will gradually become less frequent and heavy from the south through Monday morning,” the UK Met Office warns.
Motorists have this morning been warned of treacherous roads as icy conditions cause havoc across the county.
Roads across much of Donegal, including Letterkenny and the surrounding areas, Kilmacrennan, Redcastle, and Muff are reportedly perilous, with extreme care urged for motorists travelling in these areas.
Donegal County Council gritters will be sent out again today at 4pm.
To keep up to date with gritting information and road conditions, you can visit Donegal County Council’s interactive map by clicking here.
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