Cold snap to ease for weekend

Pictured above is Katelyn Smyth (3) enjoying the snow.
Sub-zero temperatures and significant snowfalls have caused havoc for motorists and schools in recent days.

Sub-zero temperatures and significant snowfalls have caused havoc for motorists and schools in recent days.

On Monday people across the North West woke to a blanket of snow with snow showers persisting throughout the day in Co Leitrim.

The falls resulted in difficult driving conditions and even Ireland West Airport Knock reported significant travel disruptions because of accumulated snow.

Whilst conditions began to clear by Monday evening, further snowfalls on Monday night and Tuesday morning left driving conditions treacherous across the county.

Gardai issued advisory notices warning motorists of icy conditions and a number of schools issued closure notices including Drumeela NS; Drumshanbo Vocational School; Gortletteragh NS; Gaelscoil Liatroma; Carrigallen Vocational School: Carrigallen NS; Cloone/Aughavas Playschool and St Caillins NS, Fenagh.

However there is some good news on the horizon, long range weather forecasters, Accuweather, are predicting that temperatures will rise into double figures before the weekend with Wednesday, March 4 promising temperatures from 4°C to 8°C. On Thursday a high of 10°C is expected. Conditions will be cloudy but overnight temperatures will only drop to 6°C. Friday, March 6 will see daytime highs of 12°C. Conditions will be cloudy and breezy and overnight temperatures will drop to 8°C.

On Saturday, March 7 it will be partially sunny and breezy with temperatures ranging between 4°C and 9°C. Overnight temperatures will fall back slightly on Sunday night with lows of 2°C, however daytime temperatures remain good at around 10°C.

According to Accuweather temperatures will remain in double digits through Monday and Tuesday, March 9 and 10, however there will be some rain and temperatures will remain cool overnight at just 2-3°C.