Longford Weather Alert: First major cold spell of the winter due to hit next week

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Longford Weather Alert: First major cold spell of the winter due to hit next week

After a very mild start to the year, it looks like we're about to be hit with the first major cold spell of the year as snowy conditions move in from the east.

Midland Weather Channel's Cathal Nolan this morning posted an update on the possibility of snow for Ireland and it's looking like much of the country will see some of the white stuff.

On his Facebook page, he said that the mild weather all looks set to change as we look towards next week "with cold conditions developing through Tuesday and persisting thereafter for much of the foreseeable future"/

"Snow looks likely for many at some point during next week, with northern and western areas most at risk on Tuesday and Wednesday, while eastern areas will be most likely to experience snow from Thursday onwards," said Mr Nolan.

"Temperatures during this period are expected to remain in the low single figures, with severe night frosts likely, especially in any areas where snow accumulates. Nighttime values may reach as low as -3 to -5 degrees in some locations."

Just how much snow we see and the exact duration and intensity of the cold spell is still unknown, he added.

"Initially, any snow may lead to temporary accumulations during Tuesday and Wednesday, while any snowfall from Thursday onwards may stick around a little longer.

"Beyond the midweek period, our weather remains difficult to forecast. Some scenarios indicate that a battle will develop between the very cold air to the north and east, and the warmer air to the south and west. Where those two air masses meet there is the potential for some significant snowfall, but such events are too far off to predict accurately.

"Either way, the general trend indicates that the first major cold spell of the winter is imminent, with temperatures falling back below average, while snow looks set to become an increasingly likely component to our weather."