ABOVE: CURRENT SNOW COVER ACROSS EUROPE (Image by Kildare Weather)
Met Eireann has said that that colder weather is on the way at the end of the month - but said snow is still 'uncertain'.
Forecasters said: "As we approach the end of January, the guidance suggests an increased risk of colder than average weather with frost and ice likely to be more prevalent than of late.
"Whether we will get the synoptic set-up which could result in snowfall remains highly uncertain. But as always, we’ll keep you posted."
Met Eireann said our weather is expected to be either milder than or near average out to the next 7 to 10 days.
"With the exception of mountaintops, snow is therefore unlikely over the next 7 to 10 day period. "
ABOVE: Netweather chart for January showing sub zero temps
However UK media is reporting that weather charts show almost the entire country engulfed by snow by late January - driven by a Sudden Stratospheric Warming (SSW) of the North Pole.
The UK Met Office warned a spell of colder weather is on the way after a wet, windy and unusually mild weekend.
Deputy chief meteorologist, Martin Young said: “The latest forecast suggests the highest risk of any severe wintry weather is from late January and into February.
“Whether cold spells will be brought about by Arctic air arriving from the north or easterly flows arriving from the continent remains uncertain.
“From the middle of next week, and especially during the last week of January and into early February, there is an increased likelihood of cold weather becoming established across all of the UK.
“This would bring an enhanced risk of snow and widespread frost almost anywhere across the UK, but particularly across northern parts.”
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