First snow falls but big freeze 'not on cards'
THE first snow of the winter fell yesterday but don't expect to go tobogganing any time soon.
Met Eireann last night that a repeat of last year's big freeze sub-zero temperatures was not on the cards over the coming week, and that some areas might only be affected with a "light dusting" of snow. But it will be bitterly cold, with blustery winds and rain expected in all parts, forecaster Pat Clarke said.
"November has been mild, but December will be changeable and unsettled and cold," Mr Clarke said.
"Apart from torrential rain, which brought its own problems, the transition from autumn into winter has been relatively benign. We've had very few frosts and no snow but it's going to be cold for the next couple of days.
"There'll be showers (today) turning to sleet and snow in the north and north-west, but all areas are at risk. It will be blustery and cold, with strong winds slowly easing."
Temperatures will range between 3C and 7C today, but could fall as low as minus 2C in some places overnight. There will be temporary rises in temperature over the course of the week, but that will bring heavy rain.
Tomorrow will see a cold and frosty start with scattered showers during the day, with rain spreading from the south-west to the rest of the country. Highest temperatures will range from 4C to 8C and it will be mildest in the south-west.
Wednesday will be blustery with sunny spells and showers, with frost expected in many areas overnight.
Showers will return on Thursday, falling as sleet or snow, particularly over higher ground in the midlands, north and east of the country.