First light snow of winter reported on high ground


The first dustings of snow fell across some of the more high-lying regions of the country yesterday. However Met Éireann meteorologist Pat Clarke last night said there was “no sign on the horizon yet” of the type of weather that engulfed the country during the major cold spell two years ago.

“On Wednesday night, we had some bands of showers coming in from the North Atlantic which fell as rain, hail, sleet and a few dustings of snow in Kilfinane, Co Limerick, and Mallow, Co Cork,” he said.

Snow was also reported on the hills in Sligo and Donegal.

“Over the next few days, it’s going to be on the cold side of normal with temperatures below 10 degrees in most places,” Mr Clarke added. “You couldn’t rule out a fall in some hilly and mountainous areas. There could be further dustings of snow and sleet but it won’t be widespread.”