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More wintry weather ahead as first snow falls in Northern Ireland

By Claire Williamson

Parts of Northern Ireland woke up on Monday morning to the first glimpse of snow this winter

Temperatures had been dropping and before the weekend forecasters had anticipated the chance of snow in some parts of Northern Ireland.

On Sunday evening an alert for snow and ice had been in place and continued in to Monday morning.

Police have advised motorists to take extra care, as a Met Office snow warning for Northern Ireland remains in place.

Bitterly cold conditions along with showers during Sunday and into Monday morning bring the increased risk of snow, especially on higher ground.

Icy stretches are also likely to form on untreated surfaces, the Met Office said.

Meanwhile the Met Office has also warned that a yellow warning for wind will start on Tuesday evening at around 9pm and last until 6am on Thursday.

A Met Office spokeswoman said: "We are looking at gales with gusts of 60-70mph and possibly gusts of up to 80mph in more North Western exposed areas."

There will also be some heavy rain accompanying the gusts.

On Wednesday there is a chance that some of the showers will turn wintry with some sleet, hail and possibly snow but over higher ground.

The yellow warning will then run out at 6am on Thursday but another warning for wind will come in to play that night at around 9pm and continue until 6pm on Friday.

A Met Office spokeswoman said: "This warning again for wind, but this one is for gusts of up to 50-60mph with some gusts in more exposed areas along the Irish Sea and English Channel of maybe reaching 70mph.

"So not quite as strong those gusts but still strong enough to cause an issue.

"Again there is some rain associated with the weather front coming through being caused by a rapidly deepening low-pressure which has developed in the Mid-Atlantic.

"There is some rain with that as well which could make driving conditions difficult."

On Friday night the yellow warning ends at 6pm but the weather is expected to remain unsettled.

At the moment there are no warnings in place for the weekend

Temperatures will drop this week and by Friday Belfast will be around five degrees with temperatures "hovering around freezing over night".

It will feel cold during the winds and driving rain on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.

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