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Tuesday 20 February 2018

'Snow likely' as temperatures drop during cold week

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Cian Murray and Nina Massey

Those of you who were dreaming of a white Christmas may be disappointed to hear that the snow will be arriving a few weeks too late.

According to Met Éireann, temperatures are set to drop this week, with a likelihood of snow on Wednesday.

Monday will get off to a cold start, with scattered showers coming across the country from the west and north as the evening progress. Temperatures will drop as low as 3c overnight.

There will be a slight improvement on Tuesday as sunny weather will lead to slightly higher temperatures of 9 to 11c.

Wednesday daytime will be similar, however there will be a noticeable change as the evening progresses. Temperatures will drop below freezing in some areas as frost settles.

Met Éireann believe that during the night snow is "likely, particularly in parts of Ulster and Connacht."

They have also added that "Thursday will be a bitterly cold day with temperatures only rising to between 3 and 6 degrees."

Friday will be also be cold, with temperatures struggling to get above 6c, so it might not be a good idea to put away those winter coats just yet.


Most of the UK could see snow as Arctic air moves south and winds pick up towards the end of the week.

The weather system will move southwards and by Thursday showers will become increasingly wintry.

A change in the wind by the start of Friday is set to bring snow showers to the north of Scotland, Northern Ireland, the North York Moors, and maybe even Norfolk.

As the week progresses parts of the South East will also start to see wintry showers.

Steven Keates, from the Met Office, said: "On Thursday the showers spread further south and east, putting most places at risk of showers.

"It is going to turn much chillier, particularly through Thursday and Friday. Some areas could see snow, and some pretty significant snow."

He added: "Most places are at risk. By Thursday and/or Friday, I think most places will stand risk of seeing something a bit wintry - sleet or snow."

Temperatures are not set to dip too low this week, but the wind - and some risk of gales across Scotland - will make it feel colder than it is.

Mr Keates said: "Next weekend we could be into minus double figures overnight. But this week it will be more about the feel, rather than the temperatures."

Additional reporting by PA

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