Warning for ice and snowy showers

Published Thursday, 19 December 2013
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A yellow warning for ice is in place for Northern Ireland with cold weather and wintry showers expected on Thursday evening.

Warning for ice and snowy showers
Alastair Mennie makes the most of the stormy weather as he surfs in Portrush. (© Pacemaker)

The Met Office said drivers should be careful after dark as temperatures drop, bringing a risk of icy patches and potentially hazardous conditions, particularly on higher ground.

Some snow may fall overnight and into Friday morning, while areas above 200m can expect between two and five centimetres of snow to accumulate.

Forecasters said: "A cold westerly airstream will bring further wintry showers across Northern Ireland through Thursday evening and overnight into Friday morning."

Drivers are advised to be aware of the possibility of difficult driving conditions and some disruption to travel.

A Roads Service spokesperson advised:"Icy conditions are forecast in most areas of the province overnight and salting has been completed on the main routes likely to be affected.

"Drivers are advised to exercise caution as blustery sleet showers are liable to cause salt wash-off."

It comes after storms battered parts of Northern Ireland on Wednesday afternoon and overnight into Thursday causing power outages and flooding.

Electricity had to be restored to around 10,000 households after winds of up to 80mph damaged power lines and felled trees across the region.

Counties Antrim and Londonderry were worst affected by the gales.

Meanwhile around 5,000 homes and businesses were left without power in Co Donegal and around 7,000 in total across the Republic of Ireland.

On Wednesday night a 23-year-old woman was killed in Mullingar, Co Westmeath, when a tree came down on her car. A number of people were also injured at Kent Train Station in Cork city when a canopy covering two platforms collapsed in the strong winds.

The storms, which were caused by an Atlantic depression, have also battered Scotland and south Wales and north-West England overnight, causing thousands of power outages.

© UTV News
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Belfast in Belfast wrote (126 days ago):
Has anywer eles had snow showers today?
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