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Wednesday 26 July 2017

‘Very cold’ start to 2017 as snow forecast for New Year’s Day

Snow will hit higher grounds

Snow could be on the way this week Photo: AFP/Getty Images
Snow could be on the way this week Photo: AFP/Getty Images
Catherine Devine

Catherine Devine

Met Éireann has said there will be snow on New Year’s Day, giving a “very cold” start to 2017.

“It will feel very cold on New Year’s Day with snow showers on higher grounds mainly in the north and east of the country,” Met Éireann forecaster Liz Walsh told Independent.ie.

While it’s the closest we’ll get to seeing snow all year, the forecaster said the snow “won’t lie as rain will come first” and the ground will be wet.

“There will be rain for the next few days so there wont be an appreciable amount of snow on the ground. It will be hit and miss.”

Thursday will be a mainly dry day with good sunny spells developing, but cloud will increase later in the west and northwest.

Rain will continue into Friday and New Year’s Eve with “mild temperatures for this time of year”.

However, it will be a cold start to 2017 as Met Éireann said “it will feel much colder on New Year’s Day”.

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