Met √Čireann issues snow warning for St Patrick's weekend

Lucy Bush
March 17, 2018

"Icy surfaces may increase the risk of accidents and injuries".

Meanwhile, Highways England are urging drivers to be prepared before setting out on journeys.

Dubbed the Mini Beast from the East, the cold snap has led to weather warnings with some costal parts of the region potentially seeing 10cm of snow. "Ice and significant wind chill will be further hazards".

"It's worth remembering that cold temperatures - indoors and outdoors - can affect health, particularly in young children, older people and those with heart and lung conditions".

Saturday and Sunday are expected to see a continuation of snow showers as bitterly cold winds bring freezing temperatures from Scandinavia.

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Met Eireann have said that: "St Patrick's weekend will be very cold".

"It's going to be bitter wherever you are this weekend and for some, there will be some heavy snow as well".

We're hoping it won't cause as much disruption as The Beast from the East.

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"Easterly winds will be moderate to fresh and lowest temperatures will fall to around -1C to -4C with a widespread frost".

"Furthermore, showers may become organised into bands at times resulting in locally around 5cm accumulating, with this most likely near the Thames Estuary and the Wash".

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The weather warning comes just two weeks after West Fife was hit by the "Beast from the East".

Forecaster Craig Snell said: "As we go through the course of Friday the rain across eastern Scotland and north east England will gradually transition to snow across the higher ground".

The snow will start to fall at around 5pm on today (Friday 15th March) throughout the night.

A status orange warning for snow and ice has been issued for Dublin, Kildare, Louth, Wexford, Wicklow, Meath and Waterford for Sunday.

Londoners were warned at the beginning of the week that a Siberian wind would bring a flurry of snow across central parts of the country.

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He added: "The other thing to note is that will be quite windy and that will enhance the cold feel".

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