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Storm Gertrude: Weekend snow, ice, rain and wind warnings for Northern Ireland

By Claire Williamson

Northern Ireland is set to experience all of the elements in the coming days as there are warnings for heavy rain, wind gusts as well as snow and ice as Storm Gertrude arrives.

The UK was braced for the arrival of what was left of the US snow storm 'Jonas' which hit the area from the Gulf Coast to the north-eastern New England states, where the heaviest official report was 42 inches, in Glengary, West Virginia. But it has been hugely modified by the Atlantic.

Now the Met Office has named Storm Gertrude which is expected to bring further heavy rain and wind gusts of up to 90mph on Friday.

The Met Office has issued an amber "be prepared" warning for high winds in Northern Ireland, Scotland and north west and north east England.

The Met Office said today would be windy with showers - some heavy - with a band of rain sweeping east across the country.

A yellow warning of rain for Fermanagh, Londonderry and Tyrone has been put in place from 2pm today until 10am tomorrow, with up to 40mm expected.

The Met Office today put out a yellow alert for snow and ice in County Londonderry and Antrim from Friday January 29 at 9pm until 3pm on Saturday January 30.

A yellow warning for wind and snow will start at midnight on Saturday January 30 until 3pm for County Antrim, Londonderry, Fermanagh, Tyrone, Armagh and Down.

People should be on alert for the risk of flooding and travel disruption.

The Met Office said: "West to southwesterly gales are expected to develop widely across Scotland, Northern Ireland and parts of northern England early on Friday. 

"Winds are expected to widely gust 60-70 mph, possibly up to 80 mph along exposed coasts and over hills.

Be prepared for the likelihood of difficult driving conditions and disruption to travel, such as cancellation to ferry services and bridge closures. Some structural damage is also possible, as well as disruption to power supplies. Heavy rain and surface water will be additional hazards in places.

"Winds will moderate from the west later on Friday morning."

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