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Snow predicted for New Year’s Day as 2017 kicks off with a chill

Snow predicted for New Year’s Day as 2017 kicks off with a chill

Met Éireann has said there will be snow on New Year’s Day, giving a “very cold” start to 2017.

“It will feel very cold on New Year’s Day with snow showers on higher grounds mainly in the north and east of the country,” Met Éireann forecaster Liz Walsh said.

While it’s the closest we’ll get to seeing snow all year, the forecaster said the snow “won’t lie as rain will come first” and the ground will be wet.

“There will be rain for the next few days so there won’t be an appreciable amount of snow on the ground. It will be hit and miss.”

Thursday will be a mainly dry day with good sunny spells developing, but cloud will increase later in the west and northwest.

Rain will continue into Friday and New Year’s Eve, with “mild temperatures for this time of year”.

However, it will be a cold start to 2017 as Met Éireann said “it will feel much colder on New Year’s Day”.