Rain today. Snow tomorrow. Get the wellies, the hats, the gloves, the woolly socks. Or just stay indoors.
This is what Met Éireann is predicting for the next few days. It says the national warning is at Status Orange.
31 January 2014 05:03
Wet and windy this morning with widespread, occasionally heavy rain possibly causing localised flooding. The rain will clear eastwards by early afternoon but wintry showers will follow this evening. Highest temperatures 7 to 11 degrees Celsius this morning but turning colder in the afternoon. Strong, gusty southeast to south winds will veer southwest and moderate by afternoon.
Scattered, wintry showers continuing early tonight, some falling as sleet or snow on high ground but becoming mainly dry with clear spells for a time. Sharp ground frost setting in as temperatures fall to between +2 and -2 degrees Celsius, resulting in ice on untreated surfaces. Later in the night, wintry showers will become frequent again in western areas and southwest winds will soon strengthen there also.
Wintry showers will become widespread across the country on Saturday morning, giving a covering of snow on higher ground; isolated thunderstorms will occur also. Winds will gradually veer from southwest to west during the day and stormy conditions will prevail until early night. Feeling bitterly cold; highest temperatures just 5 to 7 degrees Celsius.
Saturday night will see westerly winds continuing to moderate in all areas while backing southwesterly; showers will become isolated also and confined to Atlantic coastal counties. Sunday will start mainly dry and possibly bright in places, most likely in the east. However, it will become overcast during the day and outbreaks of rain or drizzle will spread north to affect many areas by early night; winds backing southerly will increase strong and gusty again everywhere also.
The first half of Monday is likely to continue wet and windy throughout the country but a clearance to showers and moderate, southwesterly breezes will come through in the afternoon. Monday night will be mainly dry with clear spells but it will turn colder, with frost and the possibility of ice in places.
Tuesday looks like being dry and bright for daylight hours, though staying cold; however, southeasterly winds seem set to strengthen significantly by early night, with heavy rain likely to spread north across the country overnight before clearing on Wednesday morning. The remainder of next week will most likely have no worse than moderate or fresh breezes and only scattered showers; many areas will have dry periods, with the chance of some sunshine by day but also frost developing at night.