MET ÉIREANN WARNING: Temperatures to plummet to -7C in Kilkenny this weekend
FREEZING overnight conditions have brought widespread frost to Kilkenny, but the county has escaped much of the heavy snow that was forecast.
Sunshine is expected to break through today, but Met Éireann warned temperatures will continue to plummet tonight and over the weekend, to as low as -7C in parts.
The national forecast has extended its status yellow snow-ice warning until Sunday.
Yesterday’s rain and snow made way to clear skies and icy roads in most parts of the county.
A nationwide ‘yellow’ weather warning for snow and ice was updated yesterday and now remains in place until midday Sunday.
According to the national forecaster, the country will be “feeling raw” for the rest of the week, with extremely cold nights and widespread frost.
“[Today] will be a bright, cold and crisp day,” said Met Éireann forecaster Vincent O’Shea.
Kilkenny and the rest of Leinster will be “feeling raw” for the rest of the week according to Met Éireann, with extremely frosty nights and widespread frost.
Local motorists have been warned of “treacherous conditions” as a result of the extreme frost and ice.
One Kilkenny motorist tweeted last night: “Obviously no salt for main road to Dublin out of Castlecomer. Raods at lethal.”
Today will be a drier, brighter day with plenty of winter sunshine and some scattered wintry showers
But overnight temperatures will drop to between -2 and -5C, and even colder over areas with lying snow.
Met Éireann said temperatures are set to drop to as low as -7C in Kilkenny and Leinster over the weekend.
“Frost and ice slowly clearing with dry bright sunny weather for much the day on Saturday. However some cloud will build across Atlantic counties in the afternoon,” Met Eireann said.
“Highs of 3 to 6 degrees Celsius, in mostly light northwest breezes. Bitterly cold overnight with lows of -3 to -7, coldest over any lying snow. There will be a widespread severe frost too, with icy roads and some freezing fog also.”
“On Sunday, it will become drier into the late morning though with winter sunshine. Moderate southwest breezes will veer westerly later. Afternoon highs of 5 to 8 degrees Celsius (north to south). Bitterly cold overnight with lows of 0 to -3.”