Cold snap in the North as South gets sunshine
Published 18/01/2013 | 05:00
IT WILL be a winter's tale of two halves as the north of the country is blasted with ice and snow, while the south enjoys sunshine.
As the UK braces itself for a severe snowstorm, Ireland will escape the brunt of the wintery weather.
Northern areas will get sleet and even snow, while up to 25cm will be dumped on high ground in the North, Wales, Scotland and parts of England today.
BBC weather predicts that Northern Ireland could get between 10cm and 15cm of snow as rain turns to snow throughout the course of the day today.
The same front – coupled with high tides – was expected to result in gusts of up to 100kms/hr and heavy rainfall.
And this morning temperatures drop to between just 1 and 4C and rain turns to sleet and snow in all six counties of Ulster.
There will also possibly be wintery showers along the border counties as well as in Co Donegal, according to Met Eireann.
The Dublin and Wicklow mountains may also get a dusting of snow today, but is not expected elsewhere.
Southern counties can look forward to a bright and sunny day today with temperatures of between 6C and 8C, that will drop to between 2-3C over the course of the day.
However, temperatures will plummet overnight with widespread severe and sharp frost and icy patches expected for Saturday morning.
A low pressure system will continue to dominate tomorrow, with many areas remaining dry, although there will be some heavy and wintry showers in places with bitterly cold daytime temperatures of between just 2C and 6C. There will also be severe frost overnight with icy patches.
The cold snap is set to continue on Sunday.
Next week remains uncertain, according to Met Eireann. However it is expected to be very cold with snowfall possible early in the week.