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Snow forecast for parts of the UK over Easter - but what's in store for Northern Ireland?

There won't be much chance of your Easter eggs melting this weekend - as Northern Ireland is set for rain showers over the holidays.

While the weather is expected to be mostly changeable over the next few days it seems scattered showers will dominate.

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Saturday will see scattered showers through the morning which will ease during the afternoon.

The Met Office said despite some sunny spells it will feel cold in the fresh winds.

It will become increasingly cloudy as the day goes on with the maximum temperature reaching 11 degrees.

There will be rain until mid-Sunday where there will be some sunshine and isolated showers.

It will be mostly settled on Monday and Tuesday with overnight frost.

Meanwhile flurries of snow could fall in the hills of Scotland over the Easter weekend as cold air pushes in from the north west, according to the Met Office. It will not be heavy.

Forecaster Emma Sillitoe said "wintry elements" have started in the Grampians, where temperatures may fall close to freezing.

Forecaster Chris Page said: "At this time of year a lot of our weather is influenced by wind direction.

"Last weekend we had a lot of wind from the south which was warm and coming from France and we had 25.5C (78F) in Cambridge on April 9, the hottest day of the year so far.

"This weekend is a different kettle of fish with winds coming in from the north as it is a lot cooler and a lot colder."

There is set to be sunshine and rain in most parts of Britain in a changeable few days of weather over the Easter break.

Top temperatures of 14C (57F) can be expected in the south on Saturday, and the north and Scotland may see minimum temperatures of 3C (37F) at night.

It is also set to be a quite chilly start to Saturday in the Midlands and most places will feel an Easter breeze and a spot of sunshine.

Central parts of Britain can expect rain on Easter Sunday.

Ladbrokes bookmakers have dropped its odds to a 2/1 shot from 5/1 that snowflakes fall anywhere in the UK this Easter weekend.

Jessica Bridge, of Ladbrokes, said: "Unfortunately it looks like Easter 2017 could be a let down, and we've been left with little option but to cut the odds accordingly."

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