Met Éireann forecasts snowfall and a 'bitterly cold' week ahead

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Met Office forecaster Simon Partridge said: "70mph gusts are possible locally on Sunday on west and east coasts, after morning ice and 2cm of snow in northern England and 15cm in Scotland".

The Met Office has issued a yellow alert for snow, stretching from Kent and East Anglia, up to Lincolnshire, the Midlands and nearly as far across as Bristol.

We're in for severe frost and temperatures as low as -1 to -5 degrees on Wednesday night.

"By the time we get to Monday the winds won't be as strong but if we stay in the cold air, you can see plenty more wintry showers waiting in the wings", she said.

A yellow warning for wind remains in place across much of the east coast until 9pm on Sunday night, with the Met Office warning of power outages and heavy seas.

"Colder, brighter and windy with wintry showers into Sunday".

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The weather forecast from Met Eireann for the coming week is for more unsettled weather with colder weather and sleet and snow in places early in the week.

It's set to be cold, with lowest temperatures of 1 to 4 degrees.

Showery rain at first but it will brighten up in the afternoon with some sunny spells. Top temperatures 6 to 8 C., in a moderate to fresh northwest breeze. Lows of zero to -3 C., lowest over Ulster.

The weather forecast from Met Eireann for Thursday says that a spell of rain, sleet and snow will gradually clear northward to scattered wintry showers. Fresh blustery west to northwest winds.

For the rest of the week, the Met Office said: "Snow remains a risk, mostly in the north, but perhaps further south too, and frosts could be quite widespread".