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WATCH: Carrauntoohill web cam captures heavy snow fall as temperatures expected to fall as low as 0°C


Summer might be just around the corner but this footage shows heavy snow falling yesterday on Kerry's famous mountain.

'Yesterday we were guiding two visitors from the U.S, and boy did they get the full mountain experience for sure', Kerry Climbing guide Piaras told Independent.ie.

Piaras went on to describe how they set off on their hike, 'We started the day in crisp beautiful sunshine and they thought I was pulling their leg as I made our first gear checks before departing on the climb'.

'Ensuring they both had plenty of warm layers, hats and gloves as I was confident we would have heavy snow showers by lunch time. Within an hour the skies clouded in and sure enough first some heavy showers of hail which soon turned to sleet as we gained height and by the time we reached the summit at about 12:30 was snow!', he added.

'Only the day before we were guiding in blistering sunshine and lapping on the sunscreen and even as we left the car park did I have to highlight to another group of departing foreign tourists that they were very obviously ill prepared for the forecasted weather conditions as they headed off in their shorts and T-shirts with no hats, gloves or even jackets!!!'

'It just shows who quickly conditions and visibility can change in the Irish mountains, how cold it can get relative to elevation climbed and how important it is to be prepared for all eventualities.'

Kerry Climbing are a family run and leading guiding company in Kerry which specialises in daily guided ascents of Carrauntoohil and the MacGillycuddy's with routes of all grades from the easiest to the extreme.

For more information visit their Facebook page here.

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