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Weather alert - Northern Ireland braced for drifting snow, gales and rain as Arctic chill sweeps across UK

Published 21/03/2013

<b>Gallery of Belfast Telegraph readers' snow pictures </b>Castle Gardens, Lisburn. By Tom Porter
Gallery of Belfast Telegraph readers' snow pictures Castle Gardens, Lisburn. By Tom Porter
Beautiful trees on divis mountains. By Pauline
A Winter Sun In Lisburn. By Tom Porter
Snowy Fence around Ballymena. By Barry Lau - Ballymena
Belfast Telegraph readers' pics of winter weather: Icy Waterfall on January 11. By Katie S., Killarney National Park
River moyola tobermore. picture submitted by Rod Mulholand.Tobermore. 30.03.2010
Laura Henderson, south Belfast
Snow covered Brooke Park, Derry. Pablo O'Connor and his mum Laura.
My pug enjoys snow for the first time. By 'littlestirishone' Nov 2010
Kells, Antrim.Submitted by 'keveddy'
Craigavon lakes frozen and dusted with snow. By Jeremy Clifford, Craigavon Nov 2010
Frozen Cat: By Pauline Belfast
St Canice's Church Eglinton . By Willie Robb Eglinton Nov 2010
Dromore Lane. By Rod Mulholland.Tobermore. Nov 2010
Two-year-old Sophie Duffy enjoys herself after falling out of her sleigh at LIsnagelvin in Derry
First time on a sleigh. Submitted by Jenny Kordys, Drumaness Nov 2010
Stramore Road. Gilford. By 'jocorleone' Nov 2010
Adam Kerr (6) makes the most of the snow on monday as he adds the finishing touches to an igloo at the Playtrail in Londonderry.
Little Aoibheann McElhone from Claudy braves the cold to make a snowwoman
Snowman. By Rod Mulholland Nov 2010
Summit of Donard. By Brian, Portadown Caption:
Baby, it's cold outside!. By Sinead Hoben, Newry
Snow covered Brooke Park, Derry
Foraging for food , Ballyclare. By Joan Wilson
Broadwater Canal Aghalee. By Michelle Myles, Maghaberry
Swans on the canal, Ballynahinch. By Pauline Rainey. Dec 2010
Sammy & Harvey enjoying the snow by Miriam Taylor, Belfast
Mournes snowboarding. Submitted by Gav
My chocolate labrador Levi . Jason Davidson Ballymoney
Craigavon Lakes 1/12/10. Brian Portadown
Spelga Dam 1.12.10 Taken by Ronan Sherry
My Son Zack enjoying the snow. Dec 2010. By Trish Taylor in Derry
Craigavon Lake. By J O'Neill. Dec 2010
Silent Valley from Slieve Lamagan, Mourne Mtns - by Jon, Portadown
Fiend or foe.... By Robin McCormick. Dec 2010
Looking towards Slieve Binnian, Mourne Mtns - by Jon, Portadown
A red deer stag crosses the road as it comes down from the hills to the River Clunie near Braemar to forage for food as snow continues to cover much of the UK.
Dawn on the wing, Belfast International Steven Braiden
The Mourne Mountains, by Yvonne
Belfast Castle. Picture by Bill Corr
Fog over Bill Corr
Hello Snow! Jean Elliott, Portrush
On the Bill Corr, Belfast
The Cave Hill by Bill Corr
Paula Cuesta from Segovia assists with Winter Graduation arrangements at Queen's. Picture by Barbara Groves
Coolnasillagh, Co. Derry. By Joe O'Kane
Tropical palm in Portrush. By Jean Elliott
Co Tyrone.... lovin it. Submitted by Ann. Dec 2010
Julie-Anne and Noel enjoying our Tenth Wedding anniversary at the Sleive Donard
Chess on the Lawn, Farnham Estate, Cavan by Paul in Belfast
Niall McCaughan. Cannons on the Derry Walls
Tim, Carrickfergus ... Portrush harbour
Brian McCalden... Horses Glebe Road Glengormely
Brian McCalden, Glengormley ... Horses Glebe Road
Killygullen Lisnaskea. Taken by Eleanor Kerr
Garden Carwood Ave. Our Stephanie by Mervyn Ellis
Carole, Banbridge .... Home from school!
Knockagh Ttim, Carrickfergus
Brian, Portadown: River Bann 7/12/10
Frosty afternoon Templepatrick. By Roy. Dec 2010
Paul in Belfast ... The White Garden, Farnham Estate, Cavan. Dec 2010
Paul in Belfast ... Frozen Steps, Farnham Estate, Cavan
Paul in Belfast ....The Silent Courtyard, Farnham Estate, Cavan. Dec 2010
Emma Carson, Garrison, County Fermanagh .... Max the dog is ready for a snowball fight
Donemana by Isobel Brown. Dec 2010
My son Martin and snowman. By Jackie in Crumlin
Santa arrives in Derry early by Gary Nash. Dec 2010
Alison Lynas... Wacky Races at Burntollet Bridge
Gavin Miskelly, Darragh Cross, Mourne Mountains, Co. Down
Having fun when their school is closed, Matthew and Owen Irvine, Maghaberry. Dec 2010
Newtownabbey frosted web Roy. Dec 2010
Frosty afternoon by Roy. Dec 2010
sterling newtownabbeyCaption: frosty afternoonYour email:
David Montgomery, Killyleagh Co. Down. Delamont Country Park at Sunset. Dec 2010
Frank, from Limavady. Benone looking towards Donegal. Dec 2010
The Marquis of Downshire Memorial, Hillsborough by Graham Construction
David McKendrick's snowy Movanagher lock. Dec 2010
Snowboarding in the Mournes. By Shagster. Dec 2010
Looking through my windscreen at the ice. By Mark Johnston, Bangor. Dec 2010
Jo, Dromore Ghostly abode!
Rod Mulholland .... Tobermore church of Ireland.
Robert Telford .... Rays Wood, Antrim. Dec 2010
Darrell & Shirley Monteith, Seskinore. Winter in Tyrone. Dec 2010
Darrell & Shirley Monteith, Seskinore Winter in Tyrone. Dec 2010
Darrell & Shirley Monteith, Seskinore Winter in Tyrone. Dec 2010
Darrell & Shirley Monteith, Seskinore Winter in Tyrone. Dec 2010
Darrell & Shirley Monteith, Seskinore Winter in Tyrone. Dec 2010

Much of Britain faces a white weekend with widespread snow storms and strong winds expected to dash Springtime plans.


A touch of frost at first then a mainly dry and bright morning. Into this afternoon however it will cloud over from the south with sleet and snow arriving in Fermanagh and Armagh by dusk.

Heavy snow will affect most parts throughout, being heaviest over counties  Down, Armagh and Fermanagh with drifting in the strong to gale force southeasterly winds.

The arrival of around 8cm of snow from tomorrow night is likely to affect most of England, Scotland and Wales, with only the southern coastal counties and parts of Lincolnshire and East Anglia expected to be spared.

It will be accompanied by strong winds of up to 50mph in central England, 60mph in Wales and 65 mph in Scotland.

Together with low temperatures hovering around four degrees, it continues a miserable March.

Before the onslaught of snow tomorrow, the south-west of England and Wales will today endure flooding caused by heavy and persistent rain.

The band of rain will turn to light snow when it reaches northern Wales and northern England tonight and hit Scotland by tomorrow morning.

Sally Webb, weather forecaster for MeteoGroup, the weather division of the Press Association, said the outlook for the next few days looks bleak.

She said: "Firstly today there will be some very heavy and persistent rain, possibly more than 30mm, which will cause some localised flooding in the south west and Wales.

"As it moves north-eastwards it will turn to snow across the north Wales and England tonight which will all see accumulations of around 3cms.

"It will arrive in Scotland by dawn tomorrow which could see up to 8cms in high grounds.

"Elsewhere, Britain will see scattered snow, sleet and rain but nothing significant until Friday night.

"Between one and four cms will fall quite widely across England, Wales and Scotland.

"More snow across Saturday and Sunday will see up to a further 8cms."


Weather outlook for the UK

Tonight: A few clear spells are possible in north-eastern

regions, but cloud will generally increase. Heavy rain already across much

of Wales and southern and south-western England will continue to slowly

push north-east, reaching Scotland by dawn. The rain will turn increasingly

to snow as it moves north, particularly over high ground with accumulations

expected across much of north Wales and northern England by dawn. A windy

night, particularly in western regions, but a little less cold compared to


Tomorrow: A very windy and unsettled day. Heavy snow will

continue to push north-east across northern England and Scotland bringing

significant accumulations. Elsewhere, it will be cloudy with outbreaks of

rain, these heaviest and most persist across Wales. Turning a little

brighter in south-western areas during the afternoon as rain clears to

showers with an odd rumble of thunder possible.

UK Outlook (Saturday and Sunday): Overcast and windy with outbreaks of

snow across much of the UK on Saturday, these heaviest and most prolonged

across Wales and the West Midlands. The snow will ease across northern

England and Scotland during the afternoon, but it will remain cloudy. A

little brighter and drier in Cornwall. It will be mainly cloudy again on

Sunday, but drier for most. Snow will persist across the east Midlands and

East Anglia, but will ease during the afternoon. There is also the chance

of a few snow showers in eastern Scotland.


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