NI snow now due to arrive earlier than originally thought - severe gales and heavy rain on way too

Snow is expected to fall in Northern Ireland next week is due to arrive earlier than originally thought, according to weather experts.

Earlier this week, WXCharts.com predicted that up to two inches of snow would fall on various parts of Northern Ireland on Thursday December 12 however this has changed.

Snow on Creggan Hill in 2015. (Photo: Lorcan Doherty)

Snow on Creggan Hill in 2015. (Photo: Lorcan Doherty)

Snow moving across Northern Ireland from the west is now due to arrive on Wednesday evening.

A blast of Arctic air and areas of low pressure across Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland means an increase in wintry showers is much more likely.

Meanwhile, the weekend weather forecast for Northern Ireland is for heavy rain, strong winds and fog.

Saturday

Weather experts are now predicting snow will arrive in Northern Ireland earlier than originally thought.

Weather experts are now predicting snow will arrive in Northern Ireland earlier than originally thought.

"A cloudy day.

"Some mist and drizzle in the morning then dry in the afternoon before heavy rain and strong winds arrive in the evening.

"Maximum temperature 12 °C."

Sunday to Tuesday

The purple coloured sections of the map over Northern Ireland denote snowfall. (Image: WXCharts.com)

The purple coloured sections of the map over Northern Ireland denote snowfall. (Image: WXCharts.com)

Frequent blustery showers on Sunday, merging into longer spells of rain at times. Southwesterly gales.

"Colder Monday, sunshine, a few wintry showers. Heavy rain, severe gales Tuesday."

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