Snow is likely for many this coming weekend, according to Cathal Nolan of Ireland’s Weather Channel.
Nolan published his latest forecast on Facebook on Tuesday (December 22nd).
“As previously mentioned, the coming days will see a major change in our weather. We will gradually loose the rather mild conditions which have marked our winter so far.”
“Instead, we’ll see a very cold airmass which has originated in the Arctic becoming located in place for several weeks.”
“The first signs of change will come across the high ground of Munster and South Leinster later this evening and overnight with some heavy falls of snow likely above 350/450 metres in the south and southwest in particular.”
Accumulations of over 10 cm, he said, are likely between 400-600 metres, with up to 20 cm possible in higher ground above 600 metres.
After a couple of settled days between Wednesday and Christmas Day, weather will become much more unsettled through St Stephen’s Day.
A cold front is set to sink south-eastwards across the country, according to the weather channel.
“This will introduce an unsettled north to north-westerly airflow will plenty of heavy snow showers affecting many parts of Ulster, Connacht and the Northern half of the Midlands.”
“Accumulations of between 5-10 cm are possible here by Sunday evening and into Monday.”
Lastly, into the early days of next week, he says there’s the risk of more widespread snow for a time. A number of polar lows are forecast to bring the risk of more persistent snow across the country. “This is something I will keep you informed about over the coming days.”
“In the meantime, enjoy your final preparations for Christmas and stay safe on the roads.”
Ireland’s Weather Channel
The channel provides members of the public with “up-to-date weather information regarding severe and potentially damaging weather events”.