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28th Jan 2022

Met Éireann spoils our potential fun by downplaying the possibility of snow

Stephen Porzio

The weather service was responding to reports forecasting snowfall.

In what will be bad news for anyone longing to build a snowman or engage in a snowball fight, Met Éireann has ruled out “any significant snow event for the foreseeable future”.

In a video posted to Twitter, the weather service’s meteorologist Joanna Donnelly responded to recent reports forecasting snow, stating that while conditions will get a “little chillier” from Saturday, snow is not on the cards.

“Seen some headlines going around forecasting snow. Just wanted to set the record straight real quick here,” she said.

“Met Éireann are not forecasting any significant snow event for the foreseeable future.

“It’s going to get a little chillier as the rain clears through tomorrow.

“You might if you’re lucky get a dusting on the high hills and mountains but no significant snow for the foreseeable.”

In terms of what is likely to come for the weekend, Met Éireann’s current forecast says early Saturday morning will be cloudy with patchy outbreaks of rain or drizzle.

Winds will increase strongly ahead of a band of more persistent rain moving south over the country later in the day.

The winds will also grow to gale force for areas in the far north for a time in the morning before weakening as cooler but drier air moves over the country.

Highest temperatures of 8 to 11 degrees are forecasted.

As for Sunday, it will have a mostly dry start but clouds will quickly build from the west ahead of strengthening winds.

A front will move in from the west of the country bringing outbreaks of rain for many areas, which will be heaviest and most persistent in the west and northwest.

Highest temperatures are set to range from 9 to 11 degrees.

Met Éireann has issued a Status Yellow wind warning for Donegal, with southwest to west winds set to reach mean speeds of 50 to 65 kilometres per hour.

Gusts of 100 kilometres per hour are also expected, higher in coastal areas and on high ground.

The warning is valid from 3am on Saturday (29 January) until 9am.

Meanwhile, the UK Met Office has issued two Status Yellow wind warnings for several counties in Northern Ireland.

The first applies to Antrim, Armagh, Derry, Down and Tyrone and is valid from 4am to 3pm on Saturday.

The second kicks in from 6pm on Sunday to 12pm on Monday and applies to Antrim, Derry and Down.