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Weather: Snow, ice and wind warning for Northern Ireland

A weather warning has been issued for Northern Ireland for snow, ice and wind.

Gusts of 60-70mph are also expected widely on Thursday with some reaching 80mph as Storm Caroline brings a spell of windy weather to parts of Northern Ireland.

The Met Office warns road, rail, air and ferry services may be affected, with longer journey times and cancellations possible.

Some short term loss of power and other services is possible.

It is likely that some coastal routes, sea fronts and coastal communities will be affected by spray and/or large waves.

The yellow warning for wind is in place from 6am on Thursday to 6pm that night.

On Friday temperatures will drop and snow showers are expected to become increasingly frequent after travelling across Northern Scotland late on Thursday night.

Two to five centimetres of snow is likely for some with 10-20 centimeters possible over high ground in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

The Met Office said icy surfaces are also likely to be an additional hazard, especially overnight.

On Saturday the heaviest and most frequent of the snow showers will progressively become confined to northeast Scotland with strong northwest winds possibly causing drifting of the snow in places with blizzard conditions possible.

Some roads and railways likely to be affected with longer journey times by road, bus and for train services.

The Met Office warns there may be some icy patches on some untreated roads, pavements and cycle paths and warns of possible injuries as a result of slips and falls on icy and snowy surfaces.

The yellow warning will be in place in Northern Ireland from midnight on Friday December 8 until 6pm December 9.

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