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Laois ranked as fifth county most likely to have a white Christmas according to new research

Laois has been ranked as the fifth county in Ireland most likely to experience a white Christmas this year according to new research.

Legacy Communications unveiled the findings after gathering weather data for each county over the past ten years.

They also spoke to weather experts in a bid to predict the counties most likely to see some snow this December 25.

Donegal and Tyrone tied for the top spot, both coming out with a likelihood of 60%.

Meanwhile, Fermanagh came in third with 50%, followed by Clare, Laois, Longford, Offaly, Roscommon, and Westmeath. Also making the top ten list was Cavan at 40%.

Weather expert, Alan O’Reilly of Carlow Weather said: “Some weather signals are showing a risk of a colder spell of weather early in the winter which would increase the chances potentially of a cold spell in December.

“There are some signals that we could see some cold spells with high pressure out in the Atlantic blocking the weather systems coming from the West and seeing more of a northerly and easterly influence which gives us a chance of cold air coming down from Polar regions or Scandinavia.

“Your best chances for snow are always the north or the east. Generally, northern areas will always have a better chance.

“So Ulster counties because they’re closer to the northerly cold air.

“The closer you are to that cold air the better the chances are.”

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