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Monday 23 July 2018

Colder spell brings risk of snow before rain moves in

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Allison Bray

Allison Bray

People living in the North and north-west may wake up to a winter wonderland today as overnight temperatures hovering around zero may see predicted showers fall as snow.

While parts of counties Cork and Kerry woke up to the white stuff yesterday, many hills could also be snow-covered today, according to Met Éireann forecaster Liz Walsh.

"There could be quite a lot of wintry precipitation in Ulster and inland Connacht and possibly north Leinster," she said.

"There will also be some lovely bright weather today to see that snow."

The cold spell will continue tomorrow with daytime highs of between just 3C and 6C as overnight temperatures tonight are expected to plunge to -4C, with widespread frost and icy patches on the roads tomorrow morning. There could also be freezing fog in places.

Conditions will begin to change later tomorrow as rain moves in during the afternoon and evening, but it will remain cold with highs of just 2C to 4C and cold overnight with some sleet in the north and east, she said.

However, the picture will change on Friday as temperatures rise and rain moves in, becoming widespread on Friday night.

But it will be very windy, with wind warnings likely. The weekend will continue to be very unsettled right up to the new year, with the risk of a low pressure system moving across the country on Saturday with some heavy rainfalls expected.

Irish Independent

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