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Irish counties issued weather alert for snowy St Patrick's Day


Highways England has also issued an amber "be prepared" alert for the North which will come into force at 7pm tonight (Friday) and run until 5am on Saturday morning, with up to 10cm of snow expected on higher routes.

Pubic Health England said: "With cold weather and snow forecast this weekend, ensure you are prepared".

Ladbrookes has set the odds for snow to hit this weekend - with every city odds-on to wake up to a blanket covering.

Northern Powergrid, the company responsible for delivering power to 3.9 million homes and businesses across the North East, Yorkshire and northern Lincolnshire has confirmed that it's prepared should the forecasted heavy localised snow showers, ice and strong winds affect its powers network. There is a chance that power cuts could occur.

Met Éireann has issued an an advance warning for snow and ice as the blast of Siberian air known as the "beast from the east" makes a return trip to Ireland. Mostly rain through the day and some snow over the hills of eastern Scotland.

Met Éireann is predicting up to 6cm of snow, while temperatures will plummet with the risk of frost and ice.

"But don't be surprised to see a few centimetres of snow on Sunday morning".

"The last couple of days have been quite mild across parts of the UK".




What does an amber warning mean?

Travel delays on roads are likely, stranding some vehicles and passengers.

"Villages could get cut off".

Meteorologist Martin Bowles said the weekend's weather could be dubbed a "mini Beast from the East".

He added: "We don't expect anything like the same impact as a result of it, although there will be some snow about".

The chief forecaster has said: "After a very cold day on Sunday, temperatures are likely to fall well below freezing across much of the country into the start of Monday".

"Then as we go through Friday night and into Saturday, that snow risk then falls down to lower levels and with an increased risk of ice as well".

But now the yellow warning has been extended until 10am on Monday, with ice on roads, pavements and cycle paths likely either where melted snow refreezes or where further wintry showers occur causing unsafe travel conditions, mainly in the east of England and Scotland. "If you factor in the strength of the wind it will be feeling probably sub zero, so a big change in how it is going to feel out there over the weekend".

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