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Northern Ireland weather: Warning of wintry ice blast

Northern Ireland has been issued with a yellow weather warning for ice.

Icy patches are expected to form on untreated roads, pavements and cycle paths on Thursday evening through to Friday.

There is a risk of slippery surfaces and difficult driving conditions.

In the Republic, Met Eireann warned that freezing weather will hit Ireland. Friday and Saturday set to be bitterly cold as temperatures sink to -3 degrees overnight.

Dozens of homes in County Laois were flooded on Wednesday night after three rivers burst their banks.

The Met Office forecasts frequent showers with a fresh to strong westerly wind, possibly gale force along the north coast at first. It will also feel colder with the showers turning wintry on high ground.

During the weekend it said that a "polar low" is approaching the UK bringing cold weather.

Scotland is bracing for snow as heavy rain and strong winds lash much of the of the UK, causing widespread flooding.

In England there are currently eight flood warnings in place in the north west.

More than 70 people had to be rescued from floods in Lancashire on Wednesday night. A number of roads were closed in the area and 27 residents were evacuated from their homes.

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