Tweets from TrafficwatchNI today say road users are being advised to ‘exercise caution when travelling, particularly when driving on untreated roads’.
Today (Monday) saw a Yellow weather warning for ‘snow and ice’ in operation for parts of NI.
The Met Office advised that snow showers and icy stretches over parts of Northern Ireland may lead to some travel disruption’.
A weather warning is in operation from 5pm on Monday to 11am on Tuesday.
The Met Office advises that ‘some roads and railways likely to be affected with longer journey times by road, bus and train services’ there is a likelihood of ‘some injuries from slips and falls on icy surfaces’ and there will ‘probably be some icy patches on some untreated roads, pavements and cycle paths’.
The Met Office website also advises that Monday “will be a bright mainly dry day with sunny spells”.
“There may be a few light wintry showers, most likely over Antrim and Down.”
“A cold easterly wind. Maximum temperature 2 °C.”
And the outlook for Tuesday to Thursday, according to the Met Office website is “bitterly cold easterly winds with a lot of dry weather and sunshine”.
“There will be a few light snow showers, mainly in the east”.
A Yellow weather warning for snow and ice is also in operation between 4pm on Tuesday and 11am on Wednesday.
AND the NI Weather & Flood Advisory Service issued the following advisory.
‘A Warning for Sigificant cold weather, Ice & Sigificant windchill has been issued for Northern Ireland. Valid from 06:00 07/02/2021 until 18:00 10/02/2021.
‘An Advisory for Snow has been issued for parts of Northern Ireland (See Map) Valid from 15:00 07/02/2021 until 18:00 10/02/2021 (Advisory is subject to changes and/or upgrades, we will keep you updated on where is likely to see snow)
‘From Sunday onwards we we will experience an exceptionally cold spell of winter weather as a bitterly cold air mass will begin to feed in to the UK & Ireland from Scandinavia & Siberia.
‘It will turn significantly colder throughout the day on Sunday and into the start of the new week. We are likely to see day-time temperatures struggle to get above freezing in some areas, with night-time temperatures possibly in double minus digits, especially where we have snow cover. Ice & severe/hard frosts are also expected to develop in places.
‘Due to strong easterly winds there will be a sigifcant windchill factor, during Sunday – Wednesday, especially in areas exposed to the easterly winds it will make it feel bitterly cold, possibly as much as -6 to -11C.
‘In terms of snowfall, we have issued an advisory. Snow showers are likely to develop across the Irish Sea and move into parts of NI. More so later Sunday, light at first, but likely to become heavier and more frequent into Monday evening, Tuesday & into Wednesday with accumulations likely in places.
‘As these will be in the form of showers it is impossible to pinpoint the excact areas at this stage but we will update the advisory area and/or upgrade to a warning and post information on where showers are likely to affect. Any accumlations will vary from a slight dusting to up to 10cm or more where showers form bands of snow.
‘Although the main risk of snow at this stage will be for Northern & Eastern most areas of NI. There is an increasing risk of more widespread substaintial snow as Atlantic weather fronts try to move in against the extremely cold air that will be in place, this could bring some major impacts to large areas, possibly a country wide snowfall event.’
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