Belfast Telegraph

Friday 27 May 2016

Storm Gertrude: Weekend snow, ice, rain and wind warnings for Northern Ireland

By Claire Williamson

Published 28/01/2016

Ponies brave the coldest of weather on at Dundrod just outside Belfast as Northern Ireland woke up to a blanket of snow for the first time this year. Photo Stephen Davison/Pacemaker Press
Ponies brave the coldest of weather on at Dundrod just outside Belfast as Northern Ireland woke up to a blanket of snow for the first time this year. Photo Stephen Davison/Pacemaker Press
The Mourne Mountains in the snow. Pic: Steven Hylands
Snow on the Mourne Mountains. Pic: Steven Hylands
Snow sleighing in the hills of Ligoniel, Co Antrim. 15/01/2016. Pic: Julie McBride
Jack Logan enjoying snow in the Ligoniel Co Antrim. 15/1/2016. Pic: Julie McBridge
Olivia and Luca Duggan having fun in the snow in Carryduff 15/1/2016. Pic: Aideen Duggan
The PSNI's air support tweeted this picture 'from the office'. @PSNIAirSupport
Snow in Fermanagh - 14th January 2016
Ben Hicks throws a snowball on his way home from school in the snow, Co Fermanagh - 14th January 2016
A solitary figure is framed by the famous trees of the Dark Hedges. January 15. 2015
Onlookers record the weather in Portstewart with heavy winds hitting parts across the North Coast in Northern Ireland Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
Aoife beside her first ever snowman in Ballyronan, Co Derry. Pic. Caroline Glendinning 14/01/15
Mischievous cocker spaniel Finn steals snowman's carrot in Coleraine Pic. Karen Garvin 14/01/2015
‘Keeper’ the German shepherd plays in the snow in Ballycastle yesterday. The adverse weather conditions, however, brought misery to many
A woman throws a ball for her springer spaniel on the snowy west strand at Portrush
Brothers Brenn (10) and Aodan (7) Doherty sledge along Creggan Hill to the Model Primary School in Derry
Snowfall causes disruption in the village of Claudy

Northern Ireland is set to experience all of the elements in the coming days as there are warnings for heavy rain, wind gusts as well as snow and ice as Storm Gertrude arrives.

The UK was braced for the arrival of what was left of the US snow storm 'Jonas' which hit the area from the Gulf Coast to the north-eastern New England states, where the heaviest official report was 42 inches, in Glengary, West Virginia. But it has been hugely modified by the Atlantic.

Now the Met Office has named Storm Gertrude which is expected to bring further heavy rain and wind gusts of up to 90mph on Friday.

The Met Office has issued an amber "be prepared" warning for high winds in Northern Ireland, Scotland and north west and north east England.

The Met Office said today would be windy with showers - some heavy - with a band of rain sweeping east across the country.

A yellow warning of rain for Fermanagh, Londonderry and Tyrone has been put in place from 2pm today until 10am tomorrow, with up to 40mm expected.

The Met Office today put out a yellow alert for snow and ice in County Londonderry and Antrim from Friday January 29 at 9pm until 3pm on Saturday January 30.

A yellow warning for wind and snow will start at midnight on Saturday January 30 until 3pm for County Antrim, Londonderry, Fermanagh, Tyrone, Armagh and Down.

People should be on alert for the risk of flooding and travel disruption.

The Met Office said: "West to southwesterly gales are expected to develop widely across Scotland, Northern Ireland and parts of northern England early on Friday. 

USA: A bulldozer clears snow on the East Front of the U.S. Capitol January 23, 2016 in Washington, DC. Heavy snow continued to fall in the Mid-Atlantic region causing "life-threatening blizzard conditions" and affecting millions of people. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images
USA: A bulldozer clears snow on the East Front of the U.S. Capitol January 23, 2016 in Washington, DC. Heavy snow continued to fall in the Mid-Atlantic region causing "life-threatening blizzard conditions" and affecting millions of people. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images
WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 24: A snowplow clears snow in front of the U.S. Capitol on January 24, 2016 in Washington, DC. The blizzard that has brought massive snowfall and a standstill to the East Coast and the Mid Atlantic region has stopped. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
People walk on Pennsylvania Avenue in near whiteout conditions in Washington on January 23, 2016. A deadly blizzard walloped the eastern United States on Saturday, paralyzing Washington and New York under a heavy blanket of snow as officials warned millions of people to remain indoors until the storm eases up. / AFP / MANDEL NGANMANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images
People participate in a giant snowball fights in Dupont Circle in Washington on January 24, 2016. Snowball fights have become a tradition after every major snow storm in the Nation's Capital. A massive blizzard that claimed at least 16 lives in the eastern United States finally appeared to be winding down Sunday, giving snowbound residents the chance to begin digging out. AFP / Olivier DoulieryOLIVIER DOULIERY/AFP/Getty Images
People participate in a giant snowball fights in Dupont Circle in Washington on January 24, 2016. Snowball fights have become a tradition after every major snow storm in the Nation's Capital. A massive blizzard that claimed at least 16 lives in the eastern United States finally appeared to be winding down Sunday, giving snowbound residents the chance to begin digging out. /AFP / Olivier DoulieryOLIVIER DOULIERY/AFP/Getty Images
A worker clears snow off the driveway of a car wash on Connecticut Avenue in Washington, DC on January 24, 2016. A massive blizzard that claimed at least 16 lives in the eastern United States finally appeared to be winding down on January 24, giving snowbound residents the chance to begin digging out. / AFP / MANDEL NGANMANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 23: A woman walks in strong winds and heavy snow fall in Central Park on January 23, 2016 in New York City. A major Nor'easter is hitting much of the East Coast and parts of the South as forecasts warn of up to two feet of snow in some areas. (Photo by Astrid Riecken/Getty Images)
Snow-covered cars are seen on a residential street in the northwest of Washington, DC on January 24, 2016. A massive blizzard that claimed at least 16 lives in the eastern United States finally appeared to be winding down Sunday, giving snowbound residents the chance to begin digging out. / AFP / MANDEL NGANMANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images
The clear up continues in New York City following yesterday's record-setting snowfall which left at least 18 people dead and brought much of the US East Coast to an icy standstill. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Ronnie Esplin/PA Wire
The Spring Street salt shed is filled with salt before an upcoming snowstorm on January 21, 2016 in New York, NY. Winter Storm Jonas was expected to hit New York City between Friday afternoon and Saturday morning and the National Weather Service recently included New York City on a blizzard watch. (Photo by Bryan Thomas/Getty Images)
Visitors to New York's Central Park pass the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Reservoir Sunday, Jan. 24, 2016, in the wake of a storm that dumped heavy snow along the East Coast. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)
The New York Skyline is seen from Exchange Place on January 24, 2016 in Jersey City. A massive blizzard that claimed at least 16 lives in the eastern United States finally appeared to be winding down Sunday, giving snowbound residents the chance to begin digging out. / AFP / KENA BETANCURKENA BETANCUR/AFP/Getty Images

"Winds are expected to widely gust 60-70 mph, possibly up to 80 mph along exposed coasts and over hills.

Be prepared for the likelihood of difficult driving conditions and disruption to travel, such as cancellation to ferry services and bridge closures. Some structural damage is also possible, as well as disruption to power supplies. Heavy rain and surface water will be additional hazards in places.

"Winds will moderate from the west later on Friday morning."

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