There will be “heavy wintry showers” at the end of the week say Met Eireann in a huge snow update for the country.
Wednesday, Thursday and Friday will see the wintry conditions hit in a “drastic change” for Ireland say the National Forecaster.
Temperatures are set to plummet to a freezing -3C ahead of days of sub zero conditions in Dublin and the rest of the country.
But Met Eireann forecaster Paul Downes told Dublin Live that “it’s too early to say what the precipitation type will be”.
He said: “It could be sleet, it could be snow on higher ground, we will need to see closer to the time.
“It’s definitely going to be a quite drastic change from Wednesday to Thursday as temperatures fall on Thursday afternoon we’re expecting a hard frost on Thursday night, particularly in the eastern half of the country.
“It will be a cold night in general in the later half of the week but there will be quite a notable change in daytime temperatures.
“It currently looks like Thursday will be the coldest night. Friday looks a little bit warmer but especially in the western half of the country there will be lots of heavy showers with a risk of hail.”
Mr Downes said a weather warning was unlikely at this stage, but insisted that it was an “evolving situation”.
He added: “At this time it doesn’t look to be a warning criteria but it’s an evolving situation so definitely keep an eye on the website for updates.
“It does look to be windy at times but most of it will stay off the coast, possible coastal warnings at times.
“The models are chopping and changing on this so we’ll definitely let you know.”
Here’s the forecast for today and the next few days according to Met Eireann:
Tuesday: “Today will be cloudy and dry apart from some isolated patches of drizzle, and some bright or sunny intervals will develop at times. Highest temperature around 10 degrees with light to moderate westerly breezes.”
Tonight: It will be cloudy and mostly dry at first, but outbreaks of rain will move in from the northwest later in the night. Lowest temperatures of 4 or 5 degrees with light to moderate west to southwest winds.”
Wednesday: “Any outbreaks of rain will clear early tomorrow morning, leaving a dry morning and afternoon with sunny spells. Scattered showers will develop later in the afternoon into the evening. It will be a cold and breezy day with afternoon temperatures of just 6 or 7 degrees, in moderate to fresh and gusty westerly winds. Cold and unsettled with blustery showers bringing a wintry mix at times.”
Wednesday night: “Widespread showers will continue tomorrow night, merging into longer spells of rain in the southwest. Some showers will be heavy with hail and possibly thunder, and may turn wintry on high ground in the northwest. A cold night with lowest temperatures of -1 to +3 degrees in moderate southwesterly winds.
Thursday: “It will be very cold with widespread heavy showers or longer spells of rain. There will be a risk of hail and thunder and some showers may turn wintry on high ground in the west. Showers will retreat to western areas through the afternoon, with drier, brighter conditions elsewhere. Temperatures will only reach between 3 and 5 degrees so feeling very cold. Winds will be light to moderate, from the west or northwest.”
Thursday night: “Wintry showers will mostly retreat to western coastal counties. Many areas will be dry with clear spells and a sharp ground frost leading to some icy patches. Lowest temperatures of -3 to +2 degrees, coldest in Ulster and Leinster.”
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Friday: “It will be another cold day. Dry and sunny in many areas during the morning, with showers in coastal parts of the west. Some of those showers will be heavy and possibly wintry. Cloud will increase in Ulster and Leinster later, bringing widespread showers or longer spells of rain, falling as sleet on higher ground. Temperatures during the afternoon will only reach between 3 and 6 degrees and there will be an added wind chill too as fresh to strong northwesterly winds develop.”
Source: Dublin News