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Snow and ice weather warning for Northern Ireland

Winter looks set to bite as a warning for snow and ice has been issued for Northern Ireland.

A yellow warning is in place from Thursday January 7 at 7pm until Friday January 8 at 9am.

Counties Antrim, Armagh, Down, Fermanagh, Londonderry and Tyrone are on alert with the Met Office saying the public should be aware and to plan for possible disruption.

The Met Office said a zone of rain and hill snow will affect Northern Ireland.

Snow is expected to accumulate over ground above 200 to 300 metres, especially over Scotland where there is also a chance that snow could fall to lower levels for a time.

As this rain and snow moves away, especially from Northern Ireland, skies will clear allowing temperatures to drop and icy patches to form on untreated surfaces.

Snow and icy patches could lead to some disruption to travel.

The Met Office Chief Forecaster said: "As this frontal zone meets colder air over Northern Ireland associated rain is likely to turn to snow on ground above 200 to 300 metres.

"Similarly as this frontal zone moves in Scotland and northern England and meets colder air here, rain will turn to snow, mainly above 200 metres and, over parts of southern Scotland, perhaps to some lower levels for a time too."

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