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New Year weather: Temperatures set to plummet to low of -4C in Co Down amid warnings of ice on roads

Temperatures are set to plummet to a low of -4C in Co Down with ice expected across parts of Northern Ireland.

The mercury is set to drop heading into Saturday night - with the cold spot of Katesbridge feeling the chilliest temperatures.

And the Roads Service has warned drivers of icy conditions out on the roads on Friday.

It said motorists should expect ice in areas including Omagh, Cookstown, Magherafelt and the Glenshane area.

According to Meteogroup forecaster, Matt Martin, a bridge of high pressure will bring chilly temperatures, with clear skies and the possibility of some lying ice.

"That's a normal enough temperature for January, with a bridge of high pressure moving in after the rain clears on Saturday," he said.

"Temperatures will be between 4C to 7C during the day before dropping off."

Just last week, the Co Down hamlet of Katesbridge was colder than parts of Alaska and the Antarctic.

The local weather station clocked the lowest Northern Ireland temperature of 2014, when the mercury dropped to -8.8C early yesterday.

Residents endured temperatures colder than Alaska, where it was -8C, and the Antarctic Belgrano II weather station - just 800 miles from the South Pole - which was -5C.

Katesbridge was only narrowly beaten to recording the coldest temperature in the UK for 2014 by Cromdale in Scotland, which hit -9C on December 27.

Katesbridge's weather station consistently records some of the lowest temperatures in Northern Ireland.

A cold snap will sweep across Ireland tomorrow, bringing with it the first significant frost of the New Year.

 

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