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Tuesday 19 March 2019

A White Christmas? Snow is already on the way...

A man clears his roof of snow in Buffalo, New York as warm temperatures and rain are forecast, with the National Weather Service saying higher temperatures could rapidly unlock up to six inches of water
A man clears his roof of snow in Buffalo, New York as warm temperatures and rain are forecast, with the National Weather Service saying higher temperatures could rapidly unlock up to six inches of water

Some parts of the country can expect snowfall today and it’ll become more widespread at the weekend, forecasters have said.

Tonight, parts of the west and northwest will experience wintry showers in the form of snow.

“Today it’ll be in the North West – Donegal, Ulster, possibly Galway but more in the north west of the country,” a Met Eireann spokesperson told independent.ie.

“There’s a possibility of wintry showers today but there’s a greater possibility of it on Sunday.”

“It’s not exceptionally cold. It’s typical for this time of year. It’ll be a bright day today – nothing exceptional. It’ll be quite showery in the west of the country. Most of the east will be dry.”

The eastern half of the country will stay mostly sunny and dry, with afternoon highs of 5 to 9 degrees Celsius.

Tonight, frost and some icy stretches will develop, with lowest temperatures of -2 to +4 degrees Celsius.

Heavier snow fall can be expected on Sunday, with a few inches of snow forecasted.

“The wintry showers will be heavy enough in places. There’ll be a few inches of snow on the ground,” the forecaster warned.

“On Sunday the wintry showers will be more widespread. It’ll fall on the whole western half of the country. There might be something on the hills of Dublin on Sunday.”

 “But I think today when the snow falls, the sun will take it away fairly quickly.”

Met Eireann says it has no indication yet as to whether we'll experience a White Christmas. Currently its weather charts only extend to December 15.

Ireland's weather front is currently travelling in from the Atlantic, which decreases the chance of widespread snowfall.

"You need the weather coming from the North to get the Big Freeze. Everything at the moment is coming from the Atlantic so snow can be a possibility, but the snow won't affect the East."

"Another blast is forecast for the week after next. But the odds are lengthening that it'll be a White Christmas."

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