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Weather: Torrential rain in Northern Ireland to put dampener on Easter break

By Rachael Burnett

It may be the Easter break but you'd be best packing your winter woollies if you're heading out in Northern Ireland.

Snow is expected on higher ground today, with much of the country expected to be drenched by torrential downpours.

Forecasters have warned of treacherous driving conditions for Easter holidaymakers.

A yellow snow alert has been issued for parts of northern England and Scotland today.

Most of Wales, England and Northern Ireland has been issued with a yellow warning for heavy rain, with up to 70mm expected to fall in some areas.

The Met Office said today in Northern Ireland would be a dull, cloudy day with persistent rain and snow over high ground, this heavy through the morning, particularly across the hills.

The yellow warning for heavy rain is in force all day today for the east of Northern Ireland, through to 9am tomorrow morning.

The maximum temperature is expected to reach 4C.

The Met Office said spray and flooding on roads will probably make journey times longer.

Bus and train services are likely to be affected with journey times taking longer.

The outlook is for showers, also heavy for a time tomorrow, but clearing later.

It will be drier on Wednesday and Thursday, but there will still a few showers.

More than 100 flood alerts and seven flood warnings were in place across England yesterday.

The Met Office said there is a chance of delays on roads, with some stranded vehicles and disruption to rail and air travel.

Forecaster Helen Roberts said: "The main risk is rain.

"We have a number of warnings out at the moment, including a fairly large rain warning covering most of the country.

"It is going to cause problems for people travelling on Monday - there will be a lot of surface water on roads.

"Further north there is a snow risk overnight on Sunday with snow and sleet across the moors of England and hills and mountains of Wales."

Some rural communities could become cut off, mainly across the northern Pennines and Scottish borders, with "significant accumulations" and up to 10cm of snow forecast.

"There could be some disruption in the north.

"Further south it will be more of a transient feature and not much settling on the roads," Ms Roberts added.

For those who are travelling across Britain, warnings have been issued that train services could be disrupted and heavy traffic will take to the roads.

The AA warned motorists to take extra care and said the bank holiday weekend is "likely to be one of the busiest on the roads in recent years".

Despite it now being April, extreme weather can still occur.

The month still sees an average of around 2.3 snow days each year.

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