Wednesday 28 June 2017

Snow chance of a big freeze, forecasters say

Tourists on a coach tour of the Wicklow Mountains stop to enjoy the sights and snow in the Wicklow Gap yesterday
Tourists on a coach tour of the Wicklow Mountains stop to enjoy the sights and snow in the Wicklow Gap yesterday

Allison Bray and Alistair Grant

AS THE mountaineous areas in Mayo and Donegal glistened with up to two inches of snow, weather forecasters don't believe we're in for a belated winter chill.

A cold front from the northwest brought several inches of snow to parts of the west and northwest yesterday.

But forecasters don't believe that we are going to experience conditions like last year.

"It's been a very mild winter so far and this is just normal winter weather," said Met Eireann meteorologist Deirdre Lowe.

A high pressure system coupled with cold northwesterly winds led to snow showers across Ulster and Connacht yesterday with Knock, Co Mayo reporting snow showers through the day as temperatures plummeted there to just 2C at noon.

Although meteorologists were tracking a "Siberian chill" blowing in from the west that could bring snowstorms to much of the eastern UK this weekend, Ms Lowe said it appears that Ireland will be left unscathed.

"The models have been changing. It was originally going to be over Ireland but now it doesn't look like the Siberian front will hit here," she told the Irish Independent last night.

However, we won't see a return to the relatively balmy conditions we've enjoyed lately until late tomorrow or early Sunday.

Today will be cold and frosty, with temperatures set to plummet overnight to as low as -3C with a hard frost and highs of only between 4-7C.

Irish Independent

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