Snow and gale warning for NI

Published Monday, 04 February 2013
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A severe warning is in place in Northern Ireland, with snow, ice and high winds forecast across parts of the region.

Snow and gale warning for NI
A fallen tree has blocked the main Bangor to Belfast road. (© UTV)

The Met Office yellow warning has been extended to 9am on Tuesday, with drifting and temporary blizzard conditions due in some areas.

Up to 10cm of snow is predicted to fall in places, as minimum temperature falls to -1C.

The Met Office says heavy, squally showers will spread through the night.

They are due to turn wintry on high ground and then increasingly to lower levels.

Showers are likely to turn to snow inland, particularly on ground above 100 or 200 metres in the gale force westerly wind.

The Met Office says accumulations of snow will be very variable.

"At lower levels, amounts of snowfall will be generally smaller and quite variable but some areas could see in excess of 5cm of snowfall, with some drifting.

"Winds will gust to around 50mph near the heavier showers but higher over hills," the Met Office warning continued.

The public should be aware of the potential for some disruption, especially to travel.

Met Office

In Co Down, the A2 carriageway on the Belfast to Bangor Road has reopened after a fallen tree was cleared close to Cultra railway station.

Meanwhile, Garvaghy Church Road in Dromore, which was closed due to fallen power lines, has also reopened.

Amber "be prepared" warnings for snow have also been issued by the Met Office for many parts of Scotland, including the Highlands and Western Isles, Strathclyde, the south west, Lothian and Borders and Central, Tayside and Fife areas.

Meanwhile, an orange warning is also in place in the Republic of Ireland as severe gusts of wind are being experienced across the island.

"Westerly winds will reach strong to gale force, with gusts of 90 to 130km/h which may cause some damage," Met Éireann said.

"The strongest gusts will be in the west and the north of the country at first.

"The strong winds and snow showers will produce very poor conditions at higher levels, with the possibility of some blizzard like conditions."

© UTV News
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9 Comments
Andrew in Belfast wrote (533 days ago):
@ Andy in Lurgan, they could use the old driver training skid pan up at Nutts Corner. It could at least give folks an idea what it is like in slippery conditions. I totally agree with you all drivers are different and patience for other motorists is the key. @ Ady Sitting it was only an idea so the country doesn't grind to a halt. Many other countries provide suitable training for drivers before they head out on to the roads by themselves. If you are inferring that I believe I am a perfect driver then I can assure you I am not. When it takes 4 hours to drive 2 miles in an urban environment because of wintery conditions I think some actions needs taken and where best to start that when you are young and learning.
derry dave in derry wrote (535 days ago):
its fffffffreezing .....and the price of home heating oil is scandolous, maybe our politicians could sort it out instead of worrying about a flag
Joe in Belfast wrote (535 days ago):
To Davey in Belfast. What is a 'veriety pack', and why would you predict a wet summer because we had one night of snow? We don't get earthquakes or tsunamis so count yourself lucky.
Ady sitting in in judgement wrote (535 days ago):
@ Andrew... And then there are the 4th type ,the arrogant perfect driver who judges everyone else on their mediocre efforts .
tom in BELFAST wrote (536 days ago):
WELL DONE THE GRITTERS, NO PROBLEMS GETTING IN TO WORK
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