WEEKEND WEATHER: Cold as ice – warning as another Status Yellow warning issued for Kilkenny
The bitterly cold snap that has brought snow and ice to Kilkenny has not run out of road yet, Met Éireann has warned.
Kilkenny has been included in another nationwide Status Yellow weather warning, with temperatures dropping to as low as -4 last night.
The icy conditions have made driving conditions treacherous on roads across the county. The national forecaster urged people to walk and drive with caution as they say ice will be “forming on untreated surfaces”.
The sweather warning will remain in place until 11am this morning. There will be some sunny spells later in the day but it will remain extremely cold with temperatures struggling to reach afternoon highs of just 1 to 3 degrees.
There will be more widespread severe frost with icy stretches tonight, but it will predominantly dry with clear skies and just a few patches of freezing fog.
The frost and ice will clear slowly tomorrow, leaving a mostly dry day with sunny spells. Met Éireann said: “After an extremely cold start maximum afternoon temperatures will range 2 to 5 degrees. Some patches of light rain or drizzle in the west and north on Saturday night but dry in most areas with some clear spells. Minimum temperatures -2 to +4 degrees, coldest in the south with another fairly widespread frost away from Atlantic coastal areas.”
Many areas will be dry on Sunday with a mix of cloud and some bright spells. Kilkenny should avoid patches of rain that will mainly hit Atlantic coastal counties, especially on the northern coast. The national forecaster predicted: “Maximum temperatures of 5 to 8 degrees in moderate west or southwest winds. Rather cloudy overnight with further patches of light rain in parts of the west and north but mostly dry further south and east. Minimum temperatures of 3 to 7 degrees in fresh southwest winds.”
Current indications indicate Monday will be an increasingly breezy day with scattered outbreaks of rain spreading across the country from the Atlantic. Met Éireann said: “Maximum afternoon temperatures will range from 7 to 10 degrees in fresh and gusty westerly winds. Further scattered outbreaks of rain on Monday night with more persistent rain possible in the northwest. Minimum temperatures of 5 to 8 degrees in fresh southwest winds.”
Early indications suggest Tuesday will be another damp and breezy day with outbreaks of rain, heaviest and most persistent in the north, and highest temperatures of 10 to 12 degrees.
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