Weather warning: Arctic snap expected to last for the next 48 hours

Weekend Weather: Wet And Windy

A status yellow rain warning has also been issued, with between 25 and 35mm of rain is set to fall today in Connacht, Cavan, Monaghan and Donegal. Lowest temperatures will range from -1°C to +2°C.

On its website, the Met Office says: "Icy patches are expected to form in places on untreated surfaces on Sunday morning".

A wind warning is in place for Leinster, Munster and Co Galway until 8pm on Saturday.

On the warnings, a forecaster said: "On Saturday afternoon and evening southwest to west winds will reach mean speeds of between 55 and 65 km/h with gusts up to 110 km/h possible".

The Siberian spell of weather came as Met Éireann issued a weather warning for the entire country until 12 noon today.

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He added: "On Sunday we're back into a westerly air flow, which normally wouldn't be particularly cold, but as the air is originating from the very cold Arctic Canada region the air will be cold enough to bring snow to sea level".

Rain will develop in the west and will spread eastwards to all areas overnight.

Tomorrow will also be very cold with showers of rain, hail, sleet and snow with a slight risk of thundery bursts forecast. Isolated showers will continue into the afternoon. Highest temperatures will range from 9°C to 12°C.

Two other yellow alerts warn of strong winds as strong as 110km/h and heavy rainfall across the country. On Tuesday night, frost and ice will develop for a time.

Friday morning will be cold with frost and wintry showers, according to Met Éireann.

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