As snow closes UK airport, NI expected to be mostly cold-but-dry to New Year

Maisy Byrne, aged nine, (left) and sister Lulu Byrne, aged seven, have fun as snow falls on Boxing Day in Gateacre, Liverpool
Maisy Byrne, aged nine, (left) and sister Lulu Byrne, aged seven, have fun as snow falls on Boxing Day in Gateacre, Liverpool
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Northern Ireland looks set to have a cold but largely dry run up to the New Year, according to forecasting agency MeteoGroup.

Today in Northern Ireland the chance of snow showers is predicted, especially over hills and mountains, although hail or rain is more likely.

Julian Mayes, Meteogroup forecaster, said: “After that the weather is going to settle down for several days. An area of high pressure is going to give mainly dry weather up to New Year. But it will bring potential patches of mist and freezing fog, particularly at night, and particularly in the east of the Province.”

He said he expected lows of freezing or below on Saturday, dipping down to as little as minus five on Sunday night, and a low of around -1C on Monday night.

Some parts of the UK saw snow on Friday, with Liverpool’s John Lennon airport forced to close.

The Met Office was forecasting that central England in particular is likely to see it continue into Saturday morning.

A Level 3 amber warning was issued (the second highest) for much of central and northern England, giving a 90 per cent chance of severe cold between yesterday and New Year’s Eve.

Overnight from Christmas Day to Boxing Day was the UK’s coldest night of the year so far, with -8.5C recorded at Braemar in Aberdeenshire.