Icy conditions herald week of wintry weather

The Cathedral spires pierce through the frozen fog over Derry this morning. (Pic by Cheryl-Ann Elsie)

The Cathedral spires pierce through the frozen fog over Derry this morning. (Pic by Cheryl-Ann Elsie)

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Wintry weather looks set to continue across the north west over the coming days, forecasters have predicted.

Across the north west today people awoke to freezing conditions, slippery pavements and ice on untreated roads, with much of Derry and Inishowen under a blanket of frozen fog.

There were some tailbacks on the roads during the morning rush hour on Monday, particularly for those coming into the city from outlying areas, as a result of the freezing weather and fog impacting visibility.

The Met Office has forecast that the chilly, frosty start to the week will mark the start of a cold spell, with temperatures struggling to get far above 0 Celsius at times, and night-time temperatures dipping below 0 again later in the wake.

This evening will see northeasterly winds strengthen, with a risk of coastal gales.

Tonight will be cloudy with strong winds, and gales over high ground and around the coasts.

Met Eireann meanwhile has put in place a Status Orange Marine warning for gales tonight.

Tomorrow is expected to be a “windy day with coastal gales,” according to the Met Office, and “mostly dry with some sunny spells, but a few blustery showers are possible”.

For Wednesday to Friday, the Met Office has predicted: “A much more settled period with light winds and some good periods of sunshine. A return to chilly nights with a risk of frost.”