first_imgSnow is due to arrive across Donegal late this afternoon and into this evening.‘Wrap up warm and get home early’ is the message with snowfalls forecast to move in across Donegal from this afternoon.And the new cold-snap is set to last until at least the weekend with more snow piling in overnight tonight and tomorrow morning.Forecasters have said freezing temperatures will make driving conditions hazardous across the country with Donegal set to get the brunt of the arctic air. Met Eireann currently have a yellow status warning in place but this could be upgraded to a more serious orange alert for parts of the West and North-West throughout today.The day will start off with moderate temepratures but these are expected to plunge in the afternoon and early evening as a band of freezing weather moves in.Both Met Eireann and the Met Office in the North have warned there will be snow across the North-West today – with falls of up to 10cms in places including lower ground.Donegal County Council have their fleet of gritters on standby as the freezing weather makes a return. Met Eireann ForecastWednesday will be a very cold and windy day with widespread showers early on in the morning, some of which will be wintry, especially across the north and northwest. Long dry spells developing with some sunshine, however further showers will push down across the country in a strong and gusty west to northwest wind. Scattered showers, later in the day, will turn increasingly to sleet and snow with moderate accumulations, all areas at threat, particularly Ulster. Risk of thunder also. Bitterly cold with an added wind chill effect; highest temperatures of just 2 to 5 degrees Celsius, in the strong and blustery westerly winds.The wintry showers will continue on Wednesday night, becoming widespread overnight in the moderate to fresh westerly wind. Temperatures overnight will be well below freezing with frost and ice making hazardous driving conditions. The showers will be most frequently of snow overnight, bringing accumulations of several centimetres in many areas, particularly in the west and in the north.There’ll be further wintry showers on Thursday, again frequently of snow. The showers will be most frequent over the hills and mountains of the west and north but all areas are at risk as they will be carried on the moderate to fresh westerly wind, which will veer northwest later. Temperatures will be only around 3 or 4 degrees in the afternoon on Thursday with a wind chill factor added in. Overnight on Thursday night temperatures will be below freezing again but the showers will start to retreat to the coasts of the west and north.On Friday the showers will become more likely to be of rain and more likely to be confined to coastal counties of the west and north, although there will still be a risk of wintry precipitation over the hills and mountains, and it will still be rather cold, especially over night. Day time there will be some sunny periods in the east and south. On Saturday and over the weekend, it will continue very cold as the airflow turns northerly. Wintry showers will continue, mainly in exposed northern and western areas with good spells of sunshine and severe frosts and icy roads by night.WEATHER WARNING ISSUED AS SNOW SET TO MOVE IN ACROSS DONEGAL FROM THIS AFTERNOON was last modified: January 28th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:donegalforecastfreezingsnowtemperatureslast_img

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