End of cold snap in sight but more wintry showers expected

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Galway Daily weather Orange weather warning in effect for Galway this evening

This weekend is set to bring much milder conditions across Ireland, as temperatures gradually increase after a week-long cold snap.

Met Éireann says that it will stay cold until Friday, with sharp to severe frosts and icy stretches on roads and footpaths.

Some showers of hail, sleet and snow are expected with the potential for freezing fog.

A weather warning for snow and ice in Galway was lifted this morning at 9am, and today and tomorrow will see more freezing temperatures across the county.

But after a few cold days to round off the week, temperatures will rise to 7 to 11 degrees on Saturday, in a moderate southerly breeze.

Saturday night will also be much milder than earlier in the week, with minimum temperatures of 7 to 9 degrees.

It will be cloudy over the weekend, with outbreaks of rain, which look likely to be heaviest in the west.