ULSTER needs to brace itself for “a really cold snap” this week with the return of freezing temperatures and snow.
Temperatures will remain below freezing across Northern Ireland over the next few days, with minimum temperatures as low as -7C and the possibility of snow bringing children out in hats and scarves and potential disruption to the roads.
As we march into spring people will be hoping for warmer weather, and towards next weekend there will be a slightly milder air coming through, forecasters said.
Before then however there will be a cold snap described as possibly the chilliest weather of the winter season.
With snow showers across the Province overnight, meteorologists say the cold snap is set to last for a few days.
“On Monday the snow will keep pushing in from the eastern parts of Northern Ireland and move westwards,” she said.
“The area most affected by snow will be the east. I can’t be too specific on that because it could be anywhere.
“The east and north east of Northern Ireland will see more significant accumulations of snow than anywhere else.
”Towards the evening snow showers will die off somewhat.”
Whilst temperatures last night dropped to -4C, there are lower temperatures to come.
“The minimum temperatures will reach -6C in places,” added the meteorologist. “But generally other areas will see -4 celsius. There will not be many snow showers on Tuesday, but still a few.
“Up to four centimetres of snow will fall along the eastern coast.”
Jessica Bridge, spokeswoman for Ladbrokes, said: “The odds of snow falling over Easter are dropping as quick as the temperatures.
“Only a week ago the UK was basking in the sunshine but there’s no chance that this month will be the warmest March on record now.”