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12th Jan 2018

Snow forecast for Ireland as bitterly cold spell of weather awaits

Conor Heneghan


The next few days will be wet and then it’s going to get cold. Really cold.

Met Éireann say that falls of sleet and snow are “increasingly more likely” early next week amidst what is set to be a spell of bitterly cold weather.

Accumulations of snow are most likely in the north and west of the country, but all areas will be susceptible to wintry showers as well as thunder that is expected to occur locally on Monday and Tuesday.

Maximum temperatures will reach no higher than six degrees early next week but an added wind chill effect will mean that it will feel even colder, with frost and ice also likely to appear as the temperatures plunge.

The cold spell early next week will fall after what promises to be a fairly miserable weekend with heavy and persistent rain spreading eastwards across the country on Friday.

Nine counties, including all six counties in Munster, as well as Galway, Mayo and Sligo, have been issued with a status yellow rainfall warning that comes into effect on Friday at 3pm and will last for 24 hours.

Saturday and Sunday will be mostly wet and windy although milder than of late, with temperatures reaching highs of 11 degrees, although it will be colder at night, with temperatures expected to drop below freezing on Saturday night in a sign of things to come early next week.

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