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Cold snap set to hit West

Wednesday, 11th January, 2017 1:01am

We may have missed out on a white Christmas, but those of you still dreaming of snow this winter may not have to wait much longer, with Met Éireann forecasting snow later this week.

Although it has been relatively mild in Galway and across the country, the national forecaster are predicting the weather will turn “bitterly cold” from today, Wednesday, through to Saturday with strong and gusty winds expected to hit and temperatures set to drop as low as -1.

“Scattered showers about Atlantic coasts will penetrate further inland overnight, turning increasingly wintry with hail, sleet and snow possible,” Met Éireann said.

Connacht and Ulster will be hit hardest on Thursday with frequent showers and the possibility of hail, sleet and snow all expected.

The cold spell will continue into the weekend with Friday seeing further outbreaks of rain, hail, sleet and snow. Showers will become confined to western and northern coasts at night with severe frost likely.

Saturday will also be cold and frosty with some sunny spells, with showers becoming increasingly confined to the coastal fringes of the north and west.

Given the adverse weather forecast, Gardaí have urged motorists to alter their driving accordingly.

Motorists are advised to slow down and adjust their speed to suit the conditions, allow greater breaking distance, avoid over taking manoeuvres, be extra vigilant towards pedestrians and cyclists when passing them, and if you have to stop for any reason on the road be sure to immediately turn on your hazard lights.

The Road Safety Authority (RSA) is also advising all road users to take extra care when using the roads over the next 72 hours as Met Eireann has issued a yellow weather warning nationwide for sleet, snow and ice.

The RSA is asking road users to check local weather and traffic conditions and be aware of the conditions before setting out on a trip.

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