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08th Apr 2022

Met Éireann forecast snow as temperatures plummet

Snow in April? It’s more likely than you think.

Looks like we’re in for a chilly day as the Irish Meteorological Service has warned that snow flurries are on the way.

The forecast states that today will be “rather cold”, with the morning frost set to clear in time, leaving us with a day of “sunshine and showers”.

Northern counties are most likely to see rainfall in the morning, but as the day goes on, the showers will extend across the south of the country as well.

The showers in question will be “wintry in nature with hail, sleet and perhaps a few snow flurries”. Highest temperatures will be between 6 and 9 degrees, but the wintry showers could see them drop to 2 to 3 degrees.

Breezes today will be “moderate to fresh”.

Tonight those showers will be “confined” to the northern and northwestern counties, with “long, dry and clear spells” elsewhere. The temperature, however, is set to go below freezing, with -3 degrees being the lowest temperature on the forecast. Frost and ice will form in some places, as well as some fog patches.

The weekend is off to a slightly better start. Frost and fog will clear tomorrow morning, and Saturday, Met Éireann say, will be a “predominantly dry day”. We can expect some “long, sunny spells” in the morning, with some cloud and light showers developing in the afternoon. Highest temperatures will be between 7 and 10 degrees, with “light northwest or variable winds”.

Tomorrow night will be a cold one, with temperatures dipping to 1 to 4 degrees. Frost is expected, but it looks like patchy rain will clear it by the morning.

Sunday, meanwhile, is set to be “mostly cloudy” and breezy, with “scattered outbreaks of rain and drizzle”. Southwestern counties can expect “more persistent rain”, and highest temperatures will be between 8 to 12 degrees.

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