Ireland set for a blast of winter weather as Artic jet stream moves in

Winter storm set to blast Ireland with wind and snow. © File Photo
Winter storm set to blast Ireland with wind and snow. © File Photo

A strong area of low pressure will bring snow to Ireland this week.

Met Eireann predicts a westerly air-flow will cover Ireland with a 'cold, polar maritime air-mass' bringing cold and wintry weather that could last for up to five days.

A Status Yellow weather warning is in place for Connacht, Cavan, Monaghan, Donegal, Dublin, Kildare, Laois, Longford, Louth, Wicklow, Offaly, Westmeath and Meath

The warning is valid from 06:00 on Tuesday to 03:00 on Wednesday for widespread wintry showers that may lead to snow accumulations.

Monday night will be cold and windy with widespread showers turning wintry in many areas by dawn, with falls of snow possible over high ground. 

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It will feel extremely cold on Tuesday with a strong to gale force westerly wind bringing frequent wintry showers. Some of the showers will be heavy with snow accumulations especially on high ground.

The wintry showers will continue on Tuesday night but mainly in the west becoming drier in the east.

Wednesday will have periods of sunny spells and scattered showers with the temperature rising slightly to highs of 4 to 8 degrees. 

However, Wednesday evening brings the possibiliy of worsening weather as a deepening low pressure arrives. Thursday and Friday are expected to cold with periods of wintry showers.

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