Snow forecast in cold snap

Snow on the ground near Tyne and Wear
Snow on the ground near Tyne and Wear
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Northern Ireland can expect sleet and snow this weekend as the UK braces itself for a wintry weekend.

Heavy rain and sleet are expected on Friday and areas of higher ground may see some snow. Bitterly cold weather is forecast, a shock to the system after reasonably warm temperatures for this time of year were felt at the beginning of January.

According to the Met office rain during Friday will become heavy for many places and may turn to snow over hills. Winds will be strong with gales over coasts and hills. People have been advised of a risk of localised flooding.

Sleet and snow is expected on Saturday also, with a brighter, drier Sunday forecast.

Parts of the UK are expected to be covered in up to four inches of snow by the weekend.

Thermometers are set to plummet, with many parts of the country struggling to see temperatures rise above freezing. Motorists will have to be wary as freezing fog that has formed overnight across the Midlands, East Anglia and central and southern England could make road conditions hazardous.

Weather warnings have been issued for parts of England and Wales where heavy snow and blizzard conditions are expected in some areas.