Weekend amber alert for NI snow

Published Thursday, 17 January 2013
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Northern Ireland is now expected to see snow across many parts from Friday, with warnings issued by forecasters for the end of the week.

Weekend amber alert for NI snow
Weather warnings are in place for Northern Ireland. (© Getty)

Previously, it had been thought that rain would be more likely - with perhaps sleet and snow on higher ground - and the Met Office was warning of the possibility of localised flooding.

But the alerts - including an amber warning, which is the second highest used by forecasters - now say a heavy band of sleet and snow will move in from the east throughout Friday and continue on Saturday, Sunday and into next week.

Forecasters say Friday will see "5-10cms of snow overnight into Saturday and as much as 15-20cm above 200m, with drifting".

The rest of the UK has already been under an amber alert amid the ongoing wintry conditions.

Blizzard conditions are expected across parts of England, Scotland and Wales and a red alert - the highest used by the Met Office - has been issued for Wales.

While temperatures in Northern Ireland are expected to remain in and around freezing, it's likely to feel significantly colder - more like -6C.

The public is warned to prepare for icy road conditions and possible weather-related disruption.

© UTV News
Comments Comments
Armagh. in Armagh. wrote (741 days ago):
Was so disappointed that we got none in Armagh. Someone send us some snow!
jim in belfast wrote (742 days ago):
Frank got it wrong again. He thinks an overnight thaw is " heavy snow "
nadine in finaghy wrote (742 days ago):
To anon in belfast this utv website ulster television doesnt need to give u weather conditions in ireland go on rte or something and stop yapping
john in belfast wrote (743 days ago):
If you wish to know the weather in the rest of Ireland anon I suggest you look at irish weather forecasts
Paul in Antrim wrote (743 days ago):
@ anon. Silly billy.I'm sure the free state have their own forecast. I never thought the weather could drag up the fact that the UK and ireland are different countries. Soeone feels a bit insecure I think?
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