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It's going to be a bitterly cold week, by the looks of things. Met Éireann have just issued a status yellow weather warning for Ireland, with snow and ice predicted.

They updated their website this morning, writing: "Very cold this week with showers of hail, sleet and snow, frequent across the southwest, west and north, where some significant accumulations are possible this evening and overnight."

"There will be widespread frost with icy stretches on untreated surfaces." they added, stating the potential for further significant snowfall on Thursday around the country.

The warning will be updated tomorrow morning, and will be in place until Saturday at 6pm.

Today, we're expecting a cold day with a mixture of sunny spells and scattered wintry showers, as rain and sleet clears eastwards.

There is also a risk of hail and thunder in Atlantic coastal areas, with the western half of the county expecting showers and snowfall.

Maximum temperatures will range from two to five degrees, let's hope we don't get snow like last year. 

Thursday will see sleet and snow continuing across the south of Ireland, but the northern half of the country should remain dry. Severe frost is incoming on Thursday night, with temperatures of just one to four degrees.

Yikes…wrap up warm out there. Hopefully it doesn't drop too far below zero degrees.



If you’re an early bird, you may have noticed the thick blanket of snow that has engulfed much of the country over night.

Thanks to the snow, motorists are advised to take care on the roads.

Snow, ice and compacted snow are a danger to drivers as a result of Storm Fionn.

The Road Safety Authority and AA Roadwatch have urged motorists to take care on the roads.

A number of weather warnings are in place around the country today.

A Status Yellow snow and ice warning is in place for the entire country and will not be lifted until 9am.

A Status Orange wind warning is also currently in place for counties Galway, Mayo, Sligo, Clare, Donegal, Leitrim, Cork and Kerry is in place until 3am.

Gusts of up to 120 km/ph are expected.



Oh dear, if you’re someone who tends to feel a little rage at the slightest hint of a traffic diversion then you maybe will not be overly thrilled with this news. Ireland’s motorways and railways are to be “rewilded” to create bee highways.

Yes, bee highways. The highways are to be created in attempts to save the bees from extinction and their food supplies from being devastated.

The All-Ireland Pollinator Plan has been devised to encourage famers, councils, schools and gardeners to create safe-havens and pit-stops for Irish bees. One third of our 98 native species of bees face being wiped-out altogether so it is hoped these efforts will stop the imminent extinction.

Sixty-eight different organisations have been enlisted in the efforts to save bees. This includes government departments, road and rail companies, beekeepers and famer’s unions.

By next spring a map is expected to be released which will pinpoint areas good for bees to be linked via wild-flower corridors along roads.

Transport chiefs have also agreed to reduce roadside mowing on main roads and there is hopes to open south facing railway embankments for nests.

So you probably won’t be stuck facing monstrous traffic jams for the sake of a few extra jars of honey, but Ireland’s scheme will be the first in Europe to adopt a plan with such a wide range.

Meabh Boylan, green-schools biodiversity officer with An Taisce, said:

“The importance of pollinators to humans cannot be overstated. Students are always amazed when I tell them that pollinators are responsible for making approximately one in every three spoonfuls of food that we eat.”