Forecasters warn of more snow on way

Snow is ecpected to return to NI on Monday and Tuesday
Snow is ecpected to return to NI on Monday and Tuesday

It’s batten down the hatches time again in Northern Ireland as more snow is set to blanket the Province.

With temperatures due to plunge to -4 and -5 degrees in places on Sunday night, there will be “widespread frost overnight”, according to Met Office forecaster Simon Partridge.

“On Monday there will be light winds throughout the day with the odd isolated shower,” he added.

“It will be a cold day with passing snow showers in places and fairly cloudy.”

But Mr Partridge said a weather warning for snow in Northern Ireland will start around 4pm on Monday and will last until noon on Tuesday.

“This area of persistent sleet and snow will reach Northern Ireland by late afternoon on Monday,” he said.

“There is a possibility of 2-5cm of snow even at low levels – with a possibility of 10cm over higher ground.

“There is a combined ice warning as well, as anything that falls will freeze.

“On Monday the daytime temperature is going to be around 3-4 degrees celsius.”

Mr Partridge said Northern Ireland was, from Tuesday onwards, set to see improved conditions.

“After Tuesday you will be under a high pressure system for the rest of the week,” he said.

“Although it will be cold it will be dry with some sunny spells around.”

Meanwhile, cold weather warnings have been issued by the Met Office for most of the UK for the first week in February.

Forecaster Meteogroup has said January sunshine in England and Wales averaged 75 hours, making it the sunniest since 2003, with only three Januarys in the last 100 years seeing more rays.

Scotland, in contrast, had average hours of sunshine for the first month of the year at 46, while Northern Ireland totalled 50 hours, just above average.

While the end of the month brought “thundersnow”, icy roads and widespread travel disruption, forecasters said there was a notably mild spell between January 5 and 14, before turning colder in the third week and over the last few days.

The lowest average minimum temperature was -8.3C in Aberdeenshire.