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Winter heading to Northern Ireland with chance of snow and sleet

By Claire Williamson

Winter is definitely on its way to Northern Ireland.

Snow and sleet are expected to make an appearance over the next few days as the Met Office has issued a yellow warning of ice for Northern Ireland.

There has been a noticeable drop in temperature and wintry showers are expected later on Thursday and overnight into Friday.

The Met Office said there will be hail and thunder in the north and west with the potential for snow and sleet on higher grounds before moving on to lower levels later.

On Friday more wintry showers are expected creating frost and ice patches with the maximum temperature dropping to 5 degrees.

Over the weekend some sunshine is expected to break through but overnight there will be widespread fog perhaps leading to some freezing fog patches.

The Met Office chief forecaster said: "A cold northwesterly airstream will bring heavy showers or rain, sleet, snow and hail through this period.

"Clear spells in between will allow temperatures to fall close to or below freezing - hence the likelihood of some ice. "

The ice warning is valid from Thursday November 17, 6pm until Friday, November 18 at 10am.

Meanwhile, in the Republic of Ireland people in Laois, Offaly and Westmeath have been sharing their snow shower pictures.

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