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Forecast warns snow likely in January after New Year gets off to warm start
IRELAND could be hit with snow before the month is out, according to a new weather chart.
The forecast from Wxcharts predicts parts of the country will be affected from January 20.
Met Eireann said it will not comment on the predictions but confirmed “sudden stratospheric warming” has increased such a likelihood. Forecaster Gerry Murphy Dublin last year said: “Sudden stratospheric warming at the start of the month can sometimes bring cold weather to this part of the world.
“It increases the possibility of very cold weather at the end of the month, but that doesn’t mean it will happen.
“It depends on a lot of factors and it’s simply too far away to predict.”
Six inches of snow is expected in the UK, however the prediction for Ireland is just one or two inches.
Meanwhile, today will be mostly cloudy with patchy rain and temperatures between 8C and 11C as the mild spell continues.