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The UK Is Bracing Itself For 'Thundersnow' As Temperatures Plunge In Ireland

By James Fenton

January 22, 2019 at 10:04am

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Bitter out there so it is. Absolutely bitter. On the bright side though, things could be a whole lot worse.

While winter is well and truly underway here in Ireland, spare a thought for our friends over in the UK as they have a bout of 'thundersnow' to look forward to.

If you're wondering what that is, it's basically exactly what it sounds like, i.e. snowfall accompanied by thunder and lighting. The Evening Standard quotes a Met Office spokesperson who said:

"When thunderstorms form in wintry conditions, they can sometimes give rise to heavy downpours of snow, along with the usual thunder and lightning, so it is called thundersnow.

"It is considered unusual because it can only really occur during a few months of the year."

As for Ireland, Met Éireann forecasts another couple of nights of minus temperatures before things pick up again on Thursday and Friday.

A full outlook can be found here.

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