Irish counties issued weather alert for snowy St Patrick's Day

Weather alerts have been issued for Leinster

Weather alerts have been issued for Leinster

This weekend the forecast is for much colder temperatures and snowfall across our network.

While the last yellow warning will be lifted at 11.55pm on Sunday night.

Roads and railways are likely to be affected, with a chance of travel delays.

Highways England has also issued an amber "be prepared" alert for the North which will come into force at 7pm tonight (Friday) and run until 5am on Saturday morning, with up to 10cm of snow expected on higher routes.

"Note also that Amber warnings have been issued for areas now considered most likely to see greater impacts".

Snow showers are expected to become more frequent through Saturday evening and night with icy patches also developing on some untreated roads, pavements and cycle paths.

Bitterly cold is the best way to describe it. Temperatures on the face of it will probably be just around freezing, but with the wind, it's going to feel well below freezing.

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Met Éireann's United Kingdom partner the Met Office has warned of much colder weather this weekend.

"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".

Night-time temperatures as low as -4c will move in over the bank holiday, so take that into account if you're out celebrating late.

"It can be very busy and a stressful time as well, so it's just important to give yourself time to head out on the roads, drive slowly, and be mindful of the poor conditions that are expected by Met Éireann over the weekend".

Yellow weather warnings for snow and ice have been issued across Britain as the Siberian chill- The Beast from the East 2.0 - returns. Widespread frost, low daytime temperatures and a significant wind chill are likely to develop.

Areas in the midlands will also see a dramatic difference in temperature with a fall from around an nearly balmy 13C today to a maximum temperature of 2C tomorrow.

'The other thing to note is that will be quite windy and that will enhance the cold feel'. We'll be working hard with Network Rail to keep the tracks free of snow and ice but if the weather is worse than expected, there may be some disruption and short notice changes.

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