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Weather warning issued for snow and ice across Northern Ireland next week

Artic air is expected to bring with it swathes of snow across Northern Ireland on Monday.

The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for snow and ice, which comes into effect at 3am on Monday and and will remain in place right through until midnight.

Snow will hit northern parts of the UK on Sunday but Northern Ireland will be affected a little later, the Met Office has said.

Temperatures here will hit freezing point on Sunday with highs of five degrees in Armagh.

However, on Monday the highs will only reach a paltry three degrees, with thermometers recording lows of minus 3 on Tuesday and Wednesday. Next Thursday’s low is forecast at minus 4 when large scale industrial strikes take place across the country.

As for Monday though, the Met Office says we can expect up to 5cm of snow on higher ground

A Met Office spokesperson said: “Showers, increasingly falling as snow, bringing some disruption to parts of Northern Ireland.

“Brisk northerly winds will drive showers well inland across Northern Ireland on Monday, with these initially falling as snow over higher ground and sleet and rain elsewhere.

“However, as increasingly cold air spreads south, showers will fall as snow to all levels by late morning. Up to 5 cm of snow is likely over higher routes.

“At lower levels, a few cms can be expected, with northern counties expected to see the more frequent showers. Ice will be an additional hazard for all areas into the evening.”

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