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22nd Jan 2021

Accumulations of snow in many areas forecast as temperatures set to drop below freezing

Conor Heneghan


The heaviest snow is expected “in many areas” of Ireland on Saturday night.

Large parts of the country are set to experience snow this weekend, with temperatures also set to drop to as low as -4 degrees.

A weather advisory for Ireland warning of “increasingly wintry conditions” has been in place since midnight on Wednesday and will remain in place until midnight on Sunday night.

According to the most recent Met Éireann forecast, it will be Saturday night when the country experiences the most wintry conditions.

A band of sleet and snow in the west is expected to move eastwards across the country on Saturday night, resulting in accumulations of snow in many areas.

Prior to that, there may be some sleet and snow on Friday night, particularly in the west and northwest, on a chilly night when temperatures will drop to as low as -4 degrees and bring widespread frost and icy patches.

Saturday won’t be much warmer, with temperatures not expected to exceed 5 degrees during daylight hours, where there will be plenty of spells of winter sunshine. Occasional showers of hail, sleet and snow are forecast during the day before becoming more widespread on Saturday night.

It’s more of the same on Sunday, when more hail, sleet and snow have been forecast; again, areas in the west and northwest are most likely to be affected. Showers will begin to ease on Sunday night when temperatures will again drop below freezing to lows of -1 degree in places.

Monday is set to be a cold, dry and bright day with little of the showers forecast for the weekend, but milder and more unsettled conditions will return on Tuesday, with showers that could turn to sleet and snow in places.