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chill factor Met Eireann forecast for Ireland predicts snow as temperatures take a dip

Thursday will also be a cold and windy day with sunny spells and scattered blustery showers

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A snow covered Ben Bulben, County Sligo

A snow covered Ben Bulben, County Sligo

A snow covered Ben Bulben, County Sligo

Snow is predicted for later this as temperatures dip to a chilly -2 in some parts of the country. 

Met Eireann has said Wednesday will be a blustery day with strong and gusty southwest winds before it turns “much colder” as rain clears to the east.

“Showers will follow behind, falling as sleet and snow in places,” the forecaster has said.

“There will be a chance of isolated thunderstorms as well as hail, with lowest temperatures of -2 to 1 degrees allowing for some frost and icy stretches to develop in mostly moderate southwest winds.”

Thursday will also be a cold and windy day with sunny spells and scattered blustery showers, some falling as hail, sleet and snow on higher ground.

“Some of these showers may also be heavy and thundery especially in the west and north. Highest temperatures of 3 to 7 degrees, coldest in the north, with an added wind chill factor in strong and gusty westerly winds.

Wintry showers will mostly become confined to the northwest and north overnight with good dry clear spells developing elsewhere.

Meanwhile, it will be a wet and windy start to today, although rain will quickly clear eastwards.

Scattered showers and sunny spells will follow, with the chance of sleet on high ground in the northwest,” Met Eireann adds.

“Drier and brighter conditions will develop in the evening with those blustery westerly winds gradually easing. A chilly day but afternoon temperatures will reach 8 to 11 degrees

Tonight will be mostly dry with long clear spells early on but cloud will start to build from the west later.

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Lowest temperatures of 0 to 4 degrees, with a touch of frost possible, but temperatures will increase after midnight as southwest winds strengthen and cloud builds.

For the rest of the week, Friday will be mostly dry with good sunny spells in the morning but cloud and some isolated patchy drizzle will spread from the west through the evening. Highs of 7 to 10 degrees in light winds.

Current indications suggest it will be a wet weekend with a band of rain moving into the west of the country on Saturday followed by blustery southwest winds.

This rain will spread across the country overnight followed by showers on Sunday. Some brighter and drier spells will develop in the southeast later on Sunday and overall temperatures will stay mild but there might be a touch of frost on Saturday night.

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