Winter is officially here – snow is on the way this week 1 week ago

Winter is officially here – snow is on the way this week

Wrap up accordingly...

You've probably noticed a sharp chill in the air in recent days.

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Perhaps some frost on the rooftops, ice on the car, that kind of thing.

It can only mean one thing – winter is here.

Technically, winter has been in effect for a few weeks now but now we're really feeling it.

And now it's time for some snow to join the party, so to speak.

Met Éireann notes in its latest national forecast that snow is on the way this weekend.

Both Friday (26 November) and Saturday look likely to bring some showers of sleet or snow over the north and west of the country. Get that Christmas tree up if you haven't already, eh?

As for a cold and unsettled week in general, it looks a bit like this:

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Tuesday night will start off dry with clear spells before mist and fog return to parts of the south.

According to Met Éireann, most places will be dry for a good deal of the evening before thicker cloud brings rain along the coast of the northwest, extending to the east and south later in the night.

Lowest temperatures of minus 2 to plus 2 degrees are expected.

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Wednesday morning will see some heavy rain at times across the west of Munster, later clearing from the northwest with showers and sunny spells on the agenda for the rest of the day.

Showers should prove heaviest in the northwest, with isolated hail showers also possible amidst daytime temperatures of 5 to 7 degrees.

As for Wednesday night, "long dry and clear spells with scattered showers feeding over the country" is the message from the national forecaster, with the bulk of those showers found near western and northern coasts.

Temperatures will drop to between 0 and 3 degrees.

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Thursday, meanwhile, will be – wait for it – cold, with scattered showers also in the mix. The day will start with good sunshine, though, alongside lowest temperatures of 0 to 3 degrees.

By the time the evening rolls around, it'll get a bit windy and cloudy with a few showers for company. The rain will become more prominent overnight, eventually covering all areas of the country.

As for the temperatures? Get the blanket ready as we're dropping to between -1 and +3.

Friday, as noted above, brings with it the possibility of snow. First up, however – wind and frequent showers. Oh, the joys.

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It will also be cold (naturally) with the showers potentially turning to sleet by the evening. Highest temperatures of 7 to 9 degrees don't sound so bad during the day, though they will lower to between 0 and four at nighttime.

The early word on the weekend is to anticipate everything from scattered showers, sunny intervals, near-freezing temperatures, clouds, further rain and, but of course, some sleet or snow showers.

Fun times!