Met Éireann issues warnings of blizzard-like conditions

Met Éireann’s has announced a ‘Status Orange’ national forecast this afternoon and after dark, heavy wintry showers of hail, sleet and snow will develop at first in the north of the country, but during the night they will become more widespread and produce some accumulations of snow, in particular on high ground but also at lower levels,” it said.

“The very strong winds and snow showers will produce some blizzard-like conditions especially on higher ground, with icy patches at all levels. “The wintry showers will turn to rain showers on Tuesday afternoon as temperatures increase.”

On foot of the prediction, The Road Safety Authority (RSA) has issued an alert to all road users.Extremely windy today with a mix of sunny spells and showers, some of hail. Westerly winds will reach strong to gale force, with gusts of 90 to 130 km/h which may cause some damage. The strongest gusts will be in the west and the north of the country at first. It will feel cold in the strong winds and temperatures will range from 5 to 8 degrees. Then this evening, just after dark the showers will turn more wintry with hail, sleet and snow developing.