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winter chill Snow to hit some parts as temperatures drop as low as -3C this week

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Temperatures will dip to as low as -3C over the next five nights as a sustained winter chill settles over the country.

As a result, snow is expected in some parts of the country both today and on Wednesday with the southern half of the country more likely to see significant falls tomorrow.

Met Eireann forecasters say that today will be cold and blustery with bright spells and scattered showers, some with hail and a risk of wintry falls over high ground.

There will be showers mainly across the western half of the country this morning, spreading eastwards during the afternoon. Highest temperatures of 4 to 7 degrees in fresh and gusty northwest breezes.

Showers will retreat to Atlantic coastal counties early tonight with good clear spells developing.

It will turn frosty and icy early in the night with lowest temperatures of -3 to 0 degrees. Soon after midnight, rain will develop in western coastal counties and extend eastwards over central and southern counties, turning to sleet and snow in some areas.

Wednesday will begin frosty with rain, sleet and snow across the southern half of the country clearing south-eastwards during the day with bright spells and scattered wintry showers following from the northwest.

It will be another very cold day with maximum temperatures generally ranging 1 to 4 degrees but a little less cold in southern coastal areas. Winds will be generally light or moderate, varying in direction but becoming northerly later in the day.

The last day of the year will also be cold and breezy with sunny spells and passing showers, with many of these mainly affecting Atlantic coastal counties with a risk of hail and thunder.

Maximum temperatures generally ranging 2 to 6 degrees in fresh north or northwest winds. Frost and ice will develop again on Thursday night with lowest temperatures of -3 to + 2 degrees.

Many areas will be dry and clear but showers will affect some Atlantic coastal areas and may drift onto Irish Sea coasts for a time.

New Year's Day will dawn cold and frosty. It'll be a bright day with good sunny spells but also some passing showers, possibly wintry on high ground.


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