Up to four inches of snow expected in parts of Northern Ireland

Michele Moreno
January 17, 2018

Met Eireann has warned of snow and ice for Connacht, Cavan, Monaghan, Donegal, Dublin, Kildare, Laois, Longford, Louth, Wicklow, Offaly, Westmeath and Meath, starting from early tomorrow morning, Tuesday 6am, and following through until Wednesday at least.

Transport Minister Humza Yousaf said: "The Met Office has upgraded its snow warning for parts of south west and central Scotland, with the areas affected by the amber warning set to see heavier snow falls and greater disruption to transport.

In the south of England and Wales we're unlikely to see anything settling at lower levels but we could get 1-2cm over higher ground".

A snow blizzard has hit Derry and there was also a report of lightning and thunder over the city shortly after 3:00p.m.

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The Met Office is warning people to expect "heavy, squally showers of snow" throughout today and into the night.

Severe weather warnings have been extended from Scotland and Northern Ireland to cover parts of northern England, Wales and the Midlands today.

"Some roads and pavements will turn icy, with an increased likelihood of some accidents and injuries".

The public has been urged to take heed of weather warnings and exercise caution on the roads after the Ambulance Service was called to 15 crashes in just half a day across Northern Ireland.

This will bring up to 10cm (about four inches) of snow to high ground and up to 5cm to lower ground.

However, forecasters are also warning showers could move further eastwards as the night goes on.

Severe weather is set to sweep across the United Kingdom tonight, bringing strong winds, hail, and snow over the next four days, forecasters say. Power cuts may occur, with the potential to affect other services, such as mobile phone coverage.

"Across parts of the north, a spell of persistent and perhaps heavy snow may develop".

Meanwhile, blistering winds of up to 80mph could damage buildings and pose a "danger to life" due to flying debris, the Met Office said.

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