Weekend weather: heavy rain and frost in store

Annette Crawford
January 13, 2018

On Friday night, a spell of heavy persistent rain will continue to move eastwards in the evening and early on in the night, with the ongoing risk of spot flooding and surface water, especially across the southwest and west.

As a 24-hour weather warning from Met Éireann remains in place, it looks like it's going to change next week when we could be getting snow. A warning - which was issued this morning - has been valid since 11:00am and will remain in place until 11:00am tomorrow (Saturday, January 13).

The same warning has been issued for Galway, Mayo, Clare, Limerick, Tipperary and Waterford between noon today and noon tomorrow.

Met Éireann forecasts that rain will extend to all areas of the country and will be heavy in most areas throughout the night.

Falls of 30 to 50mm are expected and spot flooding is likely. It'll be mainly dry with temperatures ranging between 6 to 8 degrees. The rain will clear in the northeast during the afternoon and evening. Low cloud and mist in parts too.

Temperatures will drop as low as 3 degrees.

There will be a wet start on Saturday across much of Ulster and Leinster, with further outbreaks of rain. Munster and Connacht will be drier and brighter. According to Met Eireann, the weekend will be mainly wet, windy and unsettled, while it'll be much colder early next week, with brisk winds and wintry showers on the way.

Highest temperatures ahead of that will range between 7°C and 11°C, coolest across the eastern half of Ireland.

"Heaviest rainfall between noon and midnight today".

The forecaster said: "Becoming increasingly blustery and showery; showers turning wintry later Monday into Tuesday with falls of sleet and snow increasingly more likely".

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