Met Office issues snow and ice warning for north

Leroy Wright
March 10, 2019

On Tuesday winds are forecast in Northern Ireland but the warning for Wednesday also covers most of England with possible transport disruption from just after midnight until 3pm.

Met Office Chief Meteorologist Dan Suri said, "In what is a windy and blustery weekend with gusts in a few locations already having exceeded 50 miles per hour we can expect a short spell of gusts quiet widely between 50 and 55 miles per hour across southern England early on Sunday".

The nationwide snow/ice warning, which was issued this Saturday morning, states there is a risk of "scattered thundery showers of hail, sleet and snow" from 11pm today.

"Widespread icy patches will develop on untreated surfaces Sunday evening and night".

The weather warning will be in effect right through Sunday from 4am in the morning until midnight.

Up to 2cm of snow is likely on lower ground in some parts, the Met Office said.

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Heavy snow has swept across the north of England and Scotland overnight and throughout this morning, days after the country recovers from the powerful gales of Storm Freya.

"We are talking gusts of 40-45mph inland in the south in around the south west coast we could see gusts of up to 65mph".

Met Éíreann has issued a Status Yellow weather alert for Limerick - warning of potential heavy snowfall and ice later this weekend.

Forecasters are also predicting that as the wintery conditions begin to return to the United Kingdom, temperatures will begin to drop to around 14C in the south and as low as -3C in parts of Scotland. Generally Sunday will be a windy day across the United Kingdom and with temperatures near or a little below average for the time of year, the strength of the wind means it will feel colder.

He said across Northern Ireland there could be gusts of 60mph-70mph, with 50mph-55mph seen quite widely across England, with 60mph-65mph in coastal areas. Unsettled conditions return through Tuesday and Wednesday with strong, potentially disruptive winds accompanied by bands of rain, showers and hill snow.

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