Irish weather forecast: Snow expected to fall this weekend in Ireland

The Irish weather forecast for this weekend is more rain on Friday and Saturday, before a flurry of snow arrives on Sunday.

Irish weather forecast experts, Met Eireann, have predicted a very frosty few days ahead with sub-zero temperatures making it feel raw for most.

After so much rain, a flurry of snow might be a welcome change, particularly for counties along the Atlantic coast.

Gusty winds in the west

Gusty winds in the west will bring bad weather to coastal areas.

Ireland will start Thursday under a band of rain and strong winds blowing from the west.

The wet weather will clear in Leinster towards this afternoon, bringing sunny spells and highs of 8°C in the capital.

Showers will continue in Connacht, becoming heavy in coastal areas with westerly winds making it feel very cold.

A risk of hail and thunder in parts of the northwest will arrive this evening as the rain continues overnight along the west coast.

The Irish weather forecast for the east coast is brighter, predicting a dry, clear night although temperatures of 3°C will make it feel chilly.

Gales from the Atlantic will pick up as Friday arrives, while heavy showers, hail, and thunder will continue to batter western parts of Ulster, Connacht, and Munster.

Friday’s Irish weather forecast for Ulster is mainly cloudy with outbreaks of rain and highs of 6°C in Belfast.

It will feel slightly warmer towards the southwest with temperatures of 8°C but fresh, gusty westerly winds will make it feel much colder.

Conditions are set to brighten up towards the east as the working week comes to an end.

Sunny spells and highs of 8°C will bring a crisp, bright winter day in Dublin.

Turning wintry

The chance of snowfall will end up making the country feel more wintry and more Christmas-like.

Temperatures will plummet on Friday night turning conditions wintry and bringing the first signs of snow in parts of Donegal.

Lows of 0°C in rural areas will bring a frosty start to Saturday while the rain will continue to fall in the west.

The day will start cold with westerly winds blowing strong to gusty and wintry showers blasting the Atlantic coastline.

Showers are set to continue inland with only bright spells in east Ulster and along the east coast.

Temperatures of 5°C in Dublin and 4°C in Belfast will make the cities feel very cold but at least they will stay dry.

All other counties will have a wet and windy Saturday with wintry showers continuing in County Clare, Galway, and Donegal.

Snow to arrive

Snow is to arrive on Sunday morning, at least in some areas of the country.

Temperatures are set to plummet on Saturday night with snow expected to arrive on Sunday morning.

Southern parts of Cork will drop as low as 0°C while counties in the northwest will see lows of -3°C.

Dublin will be freezing with temperatures dropping to -2°C while the west coast will struggle to stay at 0°C.

The Irish weather forecast predicts snow in Galway and Clare on Sunday morning, spreading towards the northeast in the afternoon.

Frost and ice will cover parts of Munster and Leinster before winter sun brightens the day.

Sunday afternoon will continue cold with temperatures between 2°C and 8°C, with scattered wintry showers in northern parts of Leinster and Connacht.

Sub-zero conditions will arrive again overnight, dropping as low as -4°C in rural areas of the Midlands.

The rain will finally clear for all counties, apart from a small pocket of the northwest.

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Erika Sanger is a journalist who has written for a range of news hubs across the globe. Born and bred in Dublin there is nothing she enjoys more than writing about her homeland. Her heart lies in the fishing village of Howth on the North side of the capital but she can often be found in the West of Ireland indulging her fascination with the Wild Atlantic Way and her soft spot for Connemara ponies.