Met Éireann weather alert: Stark warning suggests 'Beast from the East' will bring serious snow accumulations

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Met Éireann weather alert: Stark warning  suggests 'Beast from the east' will bring serious snow accumulations

Joanne Donnelly presents the Met Eireann forecast on RTÉ.

Met  Éireann has issued a stark update to its weather advisory for the bitter cold front that is set to hit this week.

The forecasters latest warning is valid from the early hours of Tuesday until Saturday, March 3. 

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It 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."

In her latest weather forecast on RTÉ Met Éireann's Joanne Donnelly urged the public to keep up to date with forecasts as the week progresses.

"It is a serious condition that we have coming our way," she said.

She explained that high pressure over Scandanavia is sending cold air over Ireland. 

She warned of snow showers leading to 'serious accumulations' by the end of the week.

"So it is a real serious week to watch the weather".

The forecaster urges people to consult www.winterready.ie

UK Met Office forecast on what to expect.