Friday 20 July 2018

Snow reported this morning as cold snap grips the country ahead of May Bank Holiday weekend

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Just two days out from the May Bank Holiday weekend and there are reports of snow in Co Laois this morning.

Met Eireann said they have received unconfirmed reports of snowfall on some high ground as the unseasonably cold weather continues to sweep across the country.

But for anyone planning on building a snowman this morning, forecaster Gerry Murphy told that the snow will quickly melt - giving way to rain and sleet.

"It is not normal to get snow at this time of year but it is not unprecedented," he said.

It will be Mostly cloudy today with outbreaks of rain and sleet spreading southeastwards to all areas early this morning.

Bands of heavy or prolonged showers of rain or hail with a risk of thunder will follow from the northwest through the day.

The mercury is unlikely to go past 11 degrees with gusty winds expected.

Showers will continue tonight and will become wintry in places, especially on high ground with snow flurries possible again.

Friday will be another cool day with heavy rainfall and strong winds. Widespread grass frost is expected to set in overnight.

Keep your umbrellas handy this Bank Holiday weekend as further showers are expected on Saturday and Sunday with temperatures well below normal for the end of April, according to Met Eireann.

However, between showers we can look forward to some periods of bright sunshine.

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