A Little Snow in Ireland, Winter 2021 Not Over Yet

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Snow in the Irish Mountains Winter 2021 Snow in the Irish Mountains Winter 2021

While spring traditionally begins in Ireland on the 1st of February, on Saint Brigid's Day, meteorological winter continues through until the 1st of March.

We have had some snow already in 2021 here in Ireland but most has now melted with warmer and wetter temperatures returning. In fact we had a 14C temperature change in 48 hours from -7 degrees Celsius to +7 degrees.

Typically we would see about a week of snow in the southwest, the warmest and wettest part of Ireland, to three weeks in the higher ground of the Wicklow Mountains and north midlands of Ireland. Away from the west coast essentially.

But at lower levels, in most of the towns and cities, you might not see snow at all in winter. Of course, every so often we get extreme cold and snowy conditions running from late autumn through to spring (November to April) such as in 2010 and 2018 with the Beast from the East.

And in the more usual years, snow depths might only be a few centimetres at low levels. Ice can be more of a problem with many small roads in the country not gritted and often not seeing enough sunshine to melt.

So here, another image from the fine mountains of Ireland with a good covering of winter snow.

While the current lockdown due to COVID-19 in Ireland will not end in time for you to join me photographing in the snowy conditions I am taking no-deposit, no-fee provisional bookings for the rest of 2021.

Last modified on Thursday, 14 January 2021 02:07
Darren McLoughlin

Irishman and International travel photographer in search of the best bits of Ireland. Leading photography tours and experiences in Ireland.

Contributor to New York Times / Sunday Times / Irish Times / Echtra Echtra and Eonmusic

Cancer survivor.

Ask me about travel in Ireland or about photography in Ireland.


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