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WEATHER WARNING UPDATE | Snow and lightning

The Met Office has updated its yellow weather warning to a snow and lightning warning. Frequent heavy snow showers are expected, along with very gusty winds and a chance of frequent lightning affecting some places across Northern Ireland.

The weather warning is active from 5pm on Wednesday 23 to 8pm on Thursday 24 February.

A spokesperson for the Met Office said:

“Temperatures across Scotland and Northern Ireland are expected to drop sharply following a squally band of rain on Wednesday, with frequent heavy and blustery snow showers arriving from the Atlantic.

“Away from immediate west-facing coasts, 1 to 3 cm, and in places 3 to 7 cm of snow is likely to build up even at low levels, whereas on higher ground some places could see 10 to 20 cm building up by Thursday morning.

“The showers will be accompanied by strong, blustery winds, with gusts of 45-55 mph possible, and a chance of 65 mph on coasts. Blizzard conditions are likely over higher ground.

“There is a small chance that some of the showers could be accompanied by frequent lightning, which could impact power supplies, including some places outside of the warning area.

“Snow showers are increasingly likely to turn back to rain and sleet at low levels later Thursday morning and early afternoon, although remaining as snow above 200-300m.”


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