Met Éireann forecasts snow as temperatures set to plummet
Snow in April? It's more likely than you think.
It looks like we are in for a chilly day throughout Friday (8 April) as the Irish Meteorological Service has warned that snow flurries are on the way.
The forecast states that Friday will be "rather cold", with the morning frost set to clear in time, leaving us with a day of "sunshine and showers".
Northern counties are most likely to see rainfall in the morning, but as the day goes on, the showers will extend across the south of the country as well.
The showers in question will be "wintry in nature with hail, sleet and perhaps a few snow flurries".
Highest temperatures on Friday will be between 6 and 9 degrees, but the wintry showers could see them drop to 2 to 3 degrees.
Breezes, meanwhile, will be "moderate to fresh".
Cold today with frost & fog patches clearing to leave a day of sunshine & showers 🌦️
Showers will mainly affect N counties during the morning but will extend S across the country during the afternoon & evening
Some showers will be wintry with hail, sleet & some snow flurries 🌨️ pic.twitter.com/oNEe51EeBx
— Met Éireann (@MetEireann) April 8, 2022
By Friday night, those showers will be confined to the northern and northwestern counties, with "long, dry and clear spells" elsewhere.
The temperature, however, is set to drop below freezing, with -3 degrees registering as the lowest temperature on the forecast.
Frost and ice will form in some places, as well as some fog patches.
The weekend is off to a slightly better start, at least.
Frost and fog will clear on Saturday morning with a "predominantly dry day" to follow, according to Met Éireann.
We can expect some long, sunny spells in the morning, with some cloud and light showers developing in the afternoon. Highest temperatures will be between 7 and 10 degrees, with "light northwest or variable winds".
Saturday night will be a cold one, with temperatures dipping between 1 and 4 degrees.
Frost is expected, but it looks like patchy rain will clear it by Sunday morning.
Sunday, generally, is set to be "mostly cloudy" and breezy, with "scattered outbreaks of rain and drizzle".
]Southwestern counties can expect more persistent rain, and highest temperatures will be between 8 to 12 degrees.