The North West is bracing itself following reports of snow and sleet drifting in on northerly winds this weekend. With only four weeks to go to Santa’s arrival bookmakers have also shortened the odds on Derry having a white Christmas.
Met Eireann is predicting that temperatures will fall to as low as -4 degrees by midnight tonight, Friday. The Northwest may escape prolonged snow however as clear skies are predicted. Though motorists are warned ground ice is a strong possibility.
It brings to an end what, until now has been a mild autumn and winter.
According to a spokesperson for Met Eireann the North West experienced lower than average rainfall in October. Readings at Malin Head show rain levels were below the monthly October average (at 86%) from 1981-2010. The average temperature was 1.4 degrees higher when compared to the October average between 1981-2010.
In terms of the longer forecast, Paddy Power are offering odds of 11/4 of snow falling in Derry on Christmas Day. Ladbrokes have shorter odds of 4/1 for the same bet.