Bad weather won’t be as bad as first feared

Fears of a ‘beast from the east’ style snow storm this week have been scaled back.

A status yellow warning for snow and ice will come into effect at 8 o’clock tomorrow morning for Munster, Connacht and Leinster for 24 hours – with up to 5cm of snow forecast to fall.

Meanwhile a similar alert is currently in place for 9 counties in the east of the country from Monaghan to Waterford, excluding Co. Louth, until 9 o’clock this evening.

Mathew Martin from Met Eireann says the weather system moving in from the east won’t be as bad as first feared.

“On the latest output it looks like there will be some moderate accumulations, particularly in the south and midlands, maybe in the Wicklow mountains and further south into south Leinster.

“Generally there’s no sign of any very significant falling of snow, but certainly some areas will get moderate accumulations.”

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