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Met Office says snow expected across Northern Ireland this weekend

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The winter weather has well and truly arrived across Northern Ireland over the past week as a dip in temperatures and frost on cars has been getting us ready to enter into December.

As Storm Arwen sets to take force across the country with a yellow weather warning for wind in place, some parts of Northern Ireland are likely to see snow make its first appearance this season.

Although there is currently no snow warning in place by the Met Office for Northern Ireland this weekend, Friday is set to bring heavy showers which will "turn wintry on the hills later".

Speaking to Belfast Live, the Met Office said while they are not expecting "significant amounts" of snow, it is likely we will see white tops on the mountains and high ground.

A spokesperson for the Met Office said: "There is definitely going to be some snow across the hills so the likes of the Sperrins and the Mournes.

"Friday evening onwards could see a slight covering but at this stage, it's most likely going to be just restricted to the high-level ground - possibly by Saturday morning, there could be the odd snowflake getting down to lower levels, even in the Belfast region."

The most frequent snow showers will be on the north coast of Antrim and County Derry but it will come southwards towards the rest of the province.

They continued: "There will be scattered wintery showers with some pouring of snow through Saturday morning itself but in terms of accumulating snow or chance of disruption from snow across Northern Ireland, it will be very limited if at all.

"We are not expecting any significant amounts to settle at low levels but there is a reasonable chance that we will see some hail and snow even in the city centres of Belfast, Newry and Bangor."

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