This really isn’t what we need to hear.
Local weather forecaster Cathal Nolan is predicting that we will see snow in Laois this week.
The Midlands Weather Channel man says that a very active system is set to clash with another on Friday and the result will not be pretty for us all.
Taking to his Facebook page this morning, Mr Nolan issued a stark warning.
Cathal Nolan said: “This is not an April fools joke come early, but rather there is a pretty credible risk that some areas of the country may see their first snowfall of the 2019/2020 winter season as early as this coming Friday.
“A bitterly cold airmass for the time of year is expected to push southeastwards across the country from the northwest on Thursday, with upper air temperatures some 10-12 degrees below average.
“At the same time a very warm plume of air carried within a zonal jet stream will push northeastwards from the sub tropical Atlantic.
“As the very warm and moist air comes into contact with the bitterly cold Arctic air its expected to generate some intense precipitation leading to a flooding risk in the southeast of the country at present, whereas along the northern and northwestern edge of the rainfall its expected to turn increasingly to snow.
“The areas currently in the highest risk zone are all Midland counties, much of Connacht, south and east Ulster and elevated areas of Munster.
“All upland areas are at risk of seeing some considerable accumulations of snow and some temporary travel disruption along elevated routes.
“Snowfall in October is an exceedingly rare event in Ireland, however the last time snow was recorded in Ireland during October was 2009.”