{"id":3603,"date":"2019-03-16T12:08:50","date_gmt":"2019-03-16T12:08:50","guid":{"rendered":"http:\/\/overinireland.com\/?p=3603"},"modified":"2019-07-25T09:05:05","modified_gmt":"2019-07-25T09:05:05","slug":"does-it-snow-in-ireland","status":"publish","type":"post","link":"https:\/\/overinireland.com\/does-it-snow-in-ireland\/","title":{"rendered":"Does it Snow in Ireland? (And 7 Other Interesting Facts)"},"content":{"rendered":"\n

If you\u2019ve ever thought about traveling to Ireland, then you\u2019ve probably had to consider what kind of weather you will have to prepare for. <\/p>\n\n\n\n

You know it probably gets cold in Ireland, but would it really be cold enough to snow? And if so, how much? <\/p>\n\n\n\n

The answer to these questions will vary depending on when you\u2019re there and which part of the country you\u2019re in.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

So does it snow it Ireland?<\/em> The country rarely sees any snow at all. Snow days average at only 10-15 days out of the year and generally only reaches depths of 1-2cms; with higher chances for snow the further north and inland you go. However, Irish mountains can see extensive snow for weeks at a time during their winter seasons.<\/strong><\/p>\n\n\n\n

The climate of Ireland can be very complex and has many factors that contribute to when and if it will snow in particular areas. To determine the level of snowfall in any of Ireland\u2019s regions, the specific causes and deterrents of snowfall need to be looked at.<\/p>\n\n\n\n


Conditions\nfor Snowfall<\/h1>\n\n\n\n

While snowfall is not generally part of the Irish environment, Ireland has very particular conditions that allow for some pretty interesting variations in climate. <\/p>\n\n\n\n

Ireland is a landmass that is surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean and is in contact with the Gulf Stream. Two strong sources of warmth. Those geographical features create conditions for plentiful rain and maintain Irish temperatures at just above freezing point, with an average low of 5 degrees Celsius(41 degrees Fahrenheit).<\/p>\n\n\n\n

Ireland owes a lack of extremes in its climate to those warm ocean currents flowing from the Gulf of Mexico through the Atlantic to the coasts of Ireland year round. The water that the Gulf Stream carries is warmed by the heat of the Florida coast and when it reaches northern Europe, it is still warmer than the average temperature of the oceans in that region. <\/p>\n\n\n\n

This warmer-than-average water keeps Ireland from dropping below freezing; other than a few off days that are colder than average.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

Keep in mind that it\u2019s the average <\/strong>temperature of Ireland that remains right above freezing point. Due to what\u2019s known as \u201ccontinentality\u201d, which states that areas further inland will experience a higher disparity between seasonal temperatures than those on the coast\u2014temperatures of counties such as Mullingar and Tullamore have been known to dip into freezing temperatures and produce snow. <\/p>\n\n\n\n

This also allows the Irish mountain ranges like the MacGillyscuddy Reeks Mountains to sustain snow for weeks at a time.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

What\nwas Ireland\u2019s Biggest SnowFall?<\/h1>\n\n\n\n

While rare, Ireland has had its fair share of intense snowfalls. In December of 1962, Ireland experienced the coldest temperatures seen since the 19th century. Reaching a record low of -11.6 degrees Celsius(11.12 degrees Fahrenheit). <\/p>\n\n\n\n

This cold snap lasted from December 1962 to March of 1963. In that time, Ireland experienced a maximum of 45 cm of snow without even taking snow drift into consideration, the river Shannon froze over, and the casualties exceeded 500.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

This abnormality in\nweather is attributed to a large anticyclone that developed over Scandinavia.\nThis anticyclone blew cold eastern winds to northwestern Europe; essentially\nnullifying some of the effects of the warm Atlantic streams, and allowing\nIreland\u2019s temperatures to plunge into dangerous levels.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

The winter of 1962\nin Ireland was definitely the coldest with the deepest areas of snow in the\nlast century, but there was another winter in Ireland that, while not as cold,\nwas equally devastating. <\/p>\n\n\n\n

This particular\nwinter happened in 1947 and would later be known as the \u2018Big Snow\u2019. The \u2018Big Snow\u2019\nlasted from mid-January through March and brought with it the longest lasting\ncontinuous snowfall that has ever been recorded; with continuous snowfall for\n30 days in some places. The snow drifts regularly stood at 4.5 meters tall. <\/p>\n\n\n\n

The casualties were\nsaid to have been over 600. The reason the \u2018Big Snow\u2019 was so disastrous is due\nto it occurring during a period of wartime rationing caused by a particularly\npoor harvest the previous fall season.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

Where\nDoes it Snow?<\/h1>\n\n\n\n

Now don\u2019t let the\nscarcity of snow discourage your potential visit to Ireland. There do happen to\nbe a few places you can go to that exhibit higher chances of snow yearly. As I\nmentioned earlier, many of the mountain ranges in Ireland tend to be covered in\nsnow during the winter. <\/p>\n\n\n\n

Some of the more popular spots to see beautiful white mountain tops are in the Mourne Mountains and the MacGillycuddy Reeks Mountains. A great view of the blanketed Mourne Mountains can be seen from one of its smaller summits, Slieveanglogh. <\/p>\n\n\n\n


A post shared by Destination Killarney (@destinationkillarney)<\/a> on \/\/www.instagram.com\/embed.js<\/a>\n\n\n\n

The MacGillycuddy Reeks Mountains in the county of Kerry offers equally stunning sights from essentially anywhere in the mountain range.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

If you would rather forego a trip to the mountains to see snow, you could still have a chance of seeing it on the ground\u2014if you\u2019re lucky. <\/p>\n\n\n\n

To increase the chance of it snowing where you are in Ireland, you want to be as north and Inland as possible during Ireland\u2019s coldest winter months; January and February. The counties of Mullingar and Donegal are well known for having snow that lasts on the ground.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

When\nDoes it Snow?<\/h1>\n\n\n\n

Snow is most\ncommonly seen during the months of January and February as these are the\ncoldest months in Ireland\u2019s winter. However, snowfall in other months isn\u2019t\nentirely unheard of. In the past, Ireland has seen snow as early as May, but\nduring these rare occurrences, the snow would usually melt upon contact with\nthe ground. <\/p>\n\n\n\n

That timeframe of\nwhen it could snow is only accurate during normal seasonal conditions. All of\nthe severe snowstorms that were mentioned earlier in the article came about\nfrom abnormal atmospheric conditions, such as the anticyclone that caused\nIreland\u2019s coldest winter in 1962\/63. <\/p>\n\n\n\n

Conditions that may\ncause more intense cold snaps will all have one thing in common, specifically,\nthey will counter the warmth that is created by the Atlantic\u2019s warm ocean\ncurrents. Common factors that will create these conditions include cold air\ncoming from the east, usually around Russia, and warming in the stratosphere.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

Normal\nWinters in Ireland<\/h1>\n\n\n\n

When it\u2019s not snowing in Ireland, which is most of the season, an Irish winter mainly consists of temperatures ranging from 5 degrees Celsius(41 degrees Fahrenheit) to 15 degrees Celsius(59 degrees Fahrenheit); as well an abundance of rain and cloudy skies. <\/p>\n\n\n\n

Because of how close the temperatures get to freezing during the winter, along with the amount of rain that it experiences, it is difficult to predict an accurate forecast. The smallest drop in temperature can make the difference between rain, sleet, and actual snowfall. <\/p>\n\n\n\n

Ireland is also\nnaturally very windy and maintains tempest-like conditions throughout the\nwinter. The low temperatures combined with the wind create strong wind chills\nall throughout the country and is even more prominent in the north where it is\nboth colder and windier. <\/p>\n\n\n\n

Things\nto do in Ireland during the Winter<\/h1>\n\n\n\n

View the Aurora Borealis<\/h3>\n\n\n\n

A post shared by A L L I E (@astronomical.allie)<\/a> on \/\/www.instagram.com\/embed.js<\/a>\n\n\n\n

When you think of the Aurora Borealis, you may not think of Ireland, but due to the low levels of light pollution\u2014you can actually see the Northern Lights off of Ireland\u2019s northern coast on a clear night. <\/p>\n\n\n\n

Visit the Newgrange Passage Tomb<\/h3>\n\n\n\n

A post shared by Ireland's Ancient East (@irelandsancienteast)<\/a> on \/\/www.instagram.com\/embed.js<\/a>\n\n\n\n

In the county of Meath, there is an ancient tomb that can be accessed through a tunnel at the entrance of the structure. On the winter solstice, the sun will be perfectly aligned with the stone rows during sunset creating a beautiful scene.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

Mountain climbing<\/h3>\n\n\n\n

The snow-covered mountains in Ireland make for an amazing sight and were even the inspiration for C.S Lewis\u2019s \u201cNarnia\u201d. There are ample distinct locations throughout the Mourne and MacGillyscuddy Reeks mountain ranges for hiking and exploration.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

Related Questions<\/h1>\n\n\n\n

What to wear in Ireland?<\/h3>\n\n\n\n

Ireland experiences\nfrequent rain and wind throughout all of its seasons. The weather is also very\nmild, even in the winter. Never exhibiting either extreme in temperature.\nWearing warm clothing that is wind and water resistant will prepare you for\neverything Ireland might throw at you. <\/p>\n\n\n\n

Driving\nin Ireland in the Winter<\/h3>\n\n\n\n

Driving in Ireland\ncan be dangerous at any point in the year due to the frequency of rain. While\nin winter, the hazards of driving are intensified. Rain can freeze on the road\nin the nights making it very difficult to maintain traction while driving. To\nmaximize safety, always check the threading on your tires, use cautionary\nspeeds, and keep an emergency kit in your car.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

When are the best times to visit Ireland?<\/h3>\n\n\n\n

The months that offer the most benefit in Ireland would be March to May and September to November for cooler weather, without it being too cold, where you can enjoy outside activities without being overwhelmed by freezing winds and rain. <\/p>\n\n\n\n

The months of June to August are when Ireland\u2019s vivid landscapes are at their most vibrant. This is the time when Ireland becomes a frequent hotspot for movies and television series such as Game of Thrones, Harry Potter, and Saving Private Ryan.<\/p>\n","protected":false},"excerpt":{"rendered":"

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