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Snow and gales weather alert for Northern Ireland

By Victoria O'Hara

The Met Office has issued a severe weather warning for Northern Ireland, forecasting gale force winds and snow on the way today.

The yellow “be aware” warning has been put in place until 9am tomorrow with blizzard conditions affecting areas this morning.

The stormy weather has led to police appealing for motorists in certain parts of Northern Ireland to exercise “extreme caution” when driving.

Gusts of up to 70mph were buffeting parts of the UK last night, with worse weather forecast for the end of the week. The Met Office also warned that travel may also be disrupted as winds are expected to reach 80mph.

Black ice and heavy frost caused problems for drivers in the Craigavon areas today.

A mix of rain, sleet and wet snow is forecast to hit low areas.

Snow is due to fall on higher ground with up to 10cm in places like the Sperrin mountains.

The Met Office said one of the stormiest periods the UK has seen for several years was set to continue with heavy rain, strong winds and snow for parts of the country.

Chief forecaster Tim Hewson said they will be monitoring the situation.

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