'Beast from the east' cold snap on way to Ireland

The temperatures will begin to drop from tomorrow.

Cold with highest temperatures of 6 to 8 degrees in a moderate southeast wind.

Met Éireann says the looming Siberian temperature crash and snow that will hit Ireland in the first week of Spring is a type of weather system that could last for weeks.

Temperatures all over the United Kingdom will plummet over the weekend, starting on Saturday morning as the Big freeze settles in overnight.

"There is also a risk of snow coming in from the east, although the forecast is uncertain".

"Cold weather is now established across the country with widespread overnight frosts", said Paul Gunderson, chief operational meteorologist at the Met Office.

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The weather will get colder as we head out of February.

This disruption can lead to a change in wind direction from our usual westerly winds to colder easterly winds.

Brent Walker, Met Office Deputy Chief Meteorologist, said: "There is potential for this cold spell to be the coldest for several years in the south".

"It will feel much colder with a wind chill of -1 to -8C for Britain, -8 to -14C for central Europe but -15 to locally -30C for north-east and eastern Europe". These becoming increasingly prolonged, with another widespread sharp frost expected. There's also the possibility of streamer development where a constant line of showers develop say at the southern tip of The Isle of Man and dump large quantities of snow in a narrow area. After a largely sunny Sunday, isolated snow showers spread west overnight.

For the rest of the week, temperatures will remain cold but will rise above freezing for the rest of the week. Further snow showers follow Monday and Tuesday, perhaps heavy at times.

  • Regina Walsh