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Storm Dylan: Met Office upgrades New Year's Eve weather alert for Northern Ireland

The Met Office has upgraded its weather warning for Northern Ireland as Storm Dylan approaches.

Strong gusts are expected to hit Northern Ireland as the storm causes disruption across the UK, bringing a wet and windy end to the year.

A yellow warning for wind was issued for Sunday, with forecasters warning there is the potential for "injuries and danger to life from flying debris".

However, on Saturday that was upgraded to amber for most of the northern part of the country meaning an increased likelihood of damage and the public should prepare to change plans and protect families and communities.  The Amber warning is in place for 4am on Sunday until 1pm. The yellow alert will continue onto 4pm.

"Some very strong winds are expected over parts of Northern Ireland and southwest Scotland on New Years Eve," the Met Office said.

"There will probably be some damage to buildings such as tiles blown from roofs, with flying debris likely with the possibility of injuries or danger to life.

"In coastal areas large waves are likely as well as beach material being thrown onto coastal roads, sea fronts and perhaps some properties. Longer journey times and cancellations are likely as road, rail, air and ferry services may be affected. Some roads and bridges are likely to close. There is also a good chance of power cuts and the potential to affect."

It comes as heavy snow, rain, thunderstorms and wind caused disruption across much of Britain yesterday as the country was gripped by another day of wintry weather.

Parts of northern England and Scotland discovered thick blankets of snow yesterday morning, with the south coast lashed by torrential downpours, lightning and strong winds.

As the cold weather took hold, the temperature plunged to -12C at Loch Glascarnoch in the Scottish Highlands overnight on Thursday.

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