17 January 2018 16:52
Wet and windy this evening with the rain turning to snow and sleet for a time over Ulster and parts of north Leinster. Later in the night the skies will clear but wintry showers will continue to affect western coastal counties. Westerly winds will be very strong for a time early tonight with some severe gusts. Lows of 0 to 4 degrees with frost and ice in places around dawn.
Thursday will be a bright and cold day with further wintry showers, especially through Connacht, Ulster and west Munster; eastern counties will tend to be drier tomorrrow. Highs of 2 to 6 degrees in fresh and gusty westerly winds.
Summary: Cold with wintry showers at first but a spell of heavy rain clearing eastwards to milder conditions on Sunday.
During Thursday night scattered wintry showers will continue with the risk of hail or thunder. There will be good clear spells and it will turn cold with lowest temperatures falling to between -1 and +3 degrees leading to frost, especially in the north and east. Westerly winds will be moderate to fresh.
Friday will continue with sunny spells and scattered wintry showers. It will be another cold day with top temperatures of just 3 to 6 degrees in a moderate to fresh and gusty westerly wind. Cloud will increase from the southwest on Friday night with scattered wintry showers becoming isolated as rain spreads into southwestern coastal counties by morning. Moderate westerly winds will ease and lowest temperatures will fall to between -2 and +3 degrees with frost in the north and east.
Saturday will still be cold at first and it will become dull or cloudy with rain in the southwest and west slowly spreading eastwards. The rain will turn heavy on Saturday evening and overnight and may turn to sleet or snow on the leading edge. The rain will clear to scattered showers on Sunday morning and westerly winds will increase fresh for a time but showers will become isolated later and winds moderate. It will become milder on Sunday with temperatures reaching 8 to 11 degrees.
And indications are that Monday will stay mostly dry with some sunny spells in a moderate southerly breeze but becoming cloudy and milder again on Tuesday with outbreaks of rain later.