According to Met Eireann, it's hot weather that's bringing the Beast from the East down on Ireland

A Sudden Stratospheric Warning event in January 2013 led to a very cold month of March that year

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Met Éireann says blast of cold weather with snow could last 'for weeks'

Snow in December 2017.

Met Éireann says the looming Siberian temperature crash and snow that will hit Ireland in the first week of Spring is a type of weather system that could last for weeks.

The forecaster has warned that such a so-called Sudden Stratospheric Warning' (SSW) event in January 2013 led to a very cold month of March that year with some significant snowfall.

The Met Éireann report for March 2013 said that almost all weather stations reported the coldest March since their station records began. Dublin Airport recorded the the lowest mean temperature for March since station records began in 1942. The lowest mean minimum temperature for the entire month at the airport was just above freezing. 

Met Éireann says the type of system that is set to take hold can remain in place for several days or even weeks, causing the areas affected by them to have the same kind of weather for an extended period of time.

The forecaster has tweeted that a SSW is a factor in the arrival of the Siberian weather which is already the subject of week long Yellow Weather warning which could be upgraded to Red depending on how the weather front develops. READ MORE HERE