Snow and ice warning for this weekend

Snow capped Sperrin Mountains captured from Cookstown by Johnny Megarry
Snow capped Sperrin Mountains captured from Cookstown by Johnny Megarry
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A cold snap is set to hit Derry this weekend as temperatures dip and forecasters warn of snow and ice.

The Met Office have issued a yellow alert for ice and snow for Counties Derry and Antrim over Friday and Saturday.

Yesterday, the Met Office also issued a heavy rain and strong wind warning for most of the north over the next few days.

The warning states: “The heaviest snow showers are most likely to the north of the Central Belt of Scotland. Here, away from the immediate coast, around 5-10cm of snow could accumulate through Friday night and Saturday morning. Elsewhere, snow accumulations will be more localised, around 1-3 cm is possible and primarily above 200 metres.

“Road surface temperatures are expected to fall below freezing overnight into Saturday morning, leading to a risk of icy patches forming.

“A cold front will clear to the southeast during Friday afternoon, introducing a much colder airmass for Friday night and most of Saturday. Showers will turn increasingly heavy and frequent during Friday evening.”