Yellow warning for ice at start of week

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Icy conditions are on the cards for Ulster on Monday morning as the Province escapes the snowfall across most of Scotland.

The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for ice across Northern Ireland between 3am and 11am on Monday with a risk of wintry showers across the hills.

Met Office meteorologist Kirk Waite said: “I don’t expect any significant snowfall in Northern Ireland, but there is the risk of icy patches developing.

“We could see temperatures fall below zero from bands of showers moving through and settling snowfall will be limited to places above 300 metres.”

He said there will be “a drying out through Monday”.

“Then we get an increase of cloud on Tuesday as outbreaks of rain spread in form the west in the afternoon.

“On Monday night temperatures will drop to 0 degrees before increasing on Tuesday to as much as eight degrees.

“On Tuesday night it will be milder with a minimum temperature of three degrees.”

Mr Waite said weather in the Province “looks like a general standard December set-up”.

He added: “There will potentially be some breezy conditions developing towards the end of the week but nothing too exceptional.

“There is a risk of some gales on Thursday into Friday and the potential for some wintry showers as we go Friday into Saturday.”

Last week north Antrim was battered with strong gales and heavy rain as the tail end of a weather bomb hit coastal areas.