Wednesday 26 July 2017

'Thunder-snow possible' as Met Eireann issue national weather warning

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Cian Murray

Thunder-snow is not just a great name for an 80s hair-metal band, it is also a weather phenomenon that could be arriving in Ireland over the coming days.

'Thunder-snow' is a thunderstorm where snow falls instead of rain and according to Mét Eireann, parts of Connacht and Ulster could experience it later tonight.

The forecasters have now issued a national 'Status Orange' weather warning.

The snow-ice warning is applicable to Cavan, Monaghan, Donegal, Leitrim, Mayo and Sligo.

A Met Éireann spokesperson said: "The proper cold spell won't be arriving until tonight. Then there will be a very unsettled 24-hours, from about 3am."

When asked about the possibility of thunder-snow, the spokesperon added: "Parts of Connacht and West Ulster, particularly coastal areas, could experience winter thunderstorms, or thunder-snow, early tomorrow morning.

"Temperatures will also be below freezing in some areas"

Tomorrow's weather is also set to be unsettled, with scattered sleet and snow showers, and the ongoing threat on thunder. Temperatures will be between 5-8c during the day and will drop to -2c in some areas overnight.

There will be a slight improvement on Friday, with some bright winter sunshine dispersed with light showers throughout the day.

Saturday will see temperatures that range between 5-9c, with the midlands and east experiencing the coldest weather.

The week will end with frost and ice clearing across the country and return to near normal temperatures of 10c.

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