Weather alert! ‘Beast from the East’ to bring serious snow accumulations

A scene on the old Fermoy to Mitchelstown Road during 2017, when heavy snowfall caused dangerous driving conditions. A weather warning is in place for cold conditions this week.

Met Eireann has warned of exceptionally cold weather this week with serious snow accumulations predicted.

The weather is set to deteriorate as the week progresses with the heaviest snow to hit on Thursday. However, snow can be expected by Tuesday.

It will remain bitterly cold throughout the week with temperatures five to ten degrees below normal for the time of year.

The Status Yellow alert states – ‘Exceptionally cold weather will occur this week’.

Air and ground temperatures will be 5 to 10 degrees below normal, with significant wind chill and penetrating severe frosts.

Snow showers, mainly affecting eastern areas on Tuesday, will progressively become more widespread and heavier through midweek, with significant and disruptive accumulations.