Published Monday, 02 December 2013
Icy weather will hit NI this week. (© Getty)
Temperatures will drop to around 5C as cold north-westerly winds of up to 70mph sweep across the region on Thursday and into Friday.
The Met Office warned that there could be sleet showers however snow is not expected to accumulate and cause widespread disruption.
A yellow alert for wind is in place for counties Antrim, Down and Londonderry on Thursday with westerly gales spreading southwards.
Forecasters said: "The winds will veer northerly or northwesterly and ease a little later in the day, with the stronger winds confined to the far northeast of the UK by early Friday."
Scotland will be worst affected by the cold snap with several centimetres of snow set to fall as the country plummets to as low as minus 4C overnight on Thursday.
Temperatures are expected to recover by the weekend with Northern Ireland back into double figures by Sunday.
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