January snow is scheduled to make an appearance later this week with the temperature set to drop below zero as the week progress. However Ireland should not be subjected to the dangerous conditions being experienced across the continent.
The cold will not be as severe as weather across mainland Europe where Poland, Russia and Turkey are all going through hazardously winter conditions. The death toll for the cold snap is around 35 across the continent with emergency services in Italy and Greece working overtime to deal with the resultant public health issues. Met Eireann say that the fall in the thermometer here is set to bring hail, sleet and snow from the middle of this week. The meteorological service anticipate a bitterly cold spell from Wednesday through to Saturday with north-westerly winds drawing cold air down from the Arctic. Today's gusty winds may see afternoon temperatures drop to as low as four degrees. Later it will turn increasingly wintry with hail, sleet and snow possible tonight and lowest temperatures of -1.
There will be a risk of hail, sleet and snow on Thursday with frequent showers also expected and in the afternoon the mercury could be as low as 1 degrees.
A Met Éireann spokesperson said that tonight the scattered showers will penetrate further inland overnight and turn increasingly wintry, with hail, sleet and snow possible.