Derry weather warning as cold snap hits and snow arrives

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A cold snap is set to grip Derry this weekend, as temperatures take a plunge and forecasters predict stormy conditions.

The first flurry of winter snow arrived mid Friday afternoon

Motorists cross the top of the thawing Glenshane Pass in Co-Derry last year''Picture Margaret McLaughlin �

Motorists cross the top of the thawing Glenshane Pass in Co-Derry last year''Picture Margaret McLaughlin �

According to the Met Office, who have a Yellow Warning in place, outbreaks of rain on Friday will increasingly turn to sleet, hail and snow during the afternoon.

“Feeling cold late afternoon as the winds turn to a strong to gale northwesterly. Maximum Temperature 7°C.

“Tonight: Strong to gale northerly winds pushing increasingly wintry showers south across the area during the evening, these mainly across Londonderry and Antrim, before showers and winds both ease gradually overnight. Minimum Temperature 1°C.

“Saturday: Mainly dry and bright, but windy and cold start with temperatures struggling to rise. From mid-day cloudier skies and scattered, locally wintry, showers will gradually spread from the west. Maximum Temperature 6°C.”