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Author: Age NI
Published on 17 January 2013 01:30 PM

The Met Office has issued an amber warning of snow for Northern Ireland this Friday.

The Met Office forecasts, 'Rain will turn increasingly to sleet and then snow at all levels across Northern Ireland during the course of Friday afternoon and evening, with some placing receiving accumulations of 5-10 cm of snow overnight into Saturday and as much as 15-20 cm above 200 metres, with drifting in the strengthening east to northeasterly winds.'

'The band of snow will slowly weaken through Saturday morning with further accumulations of 5 cm over central areas.  Further snow showers will spread into many eastern areas giving 2-5 cm of snow in places and as much as 10 cm over high ground. During the evening ice will form in many areas where there is snow cover, lasting into Sunday morning.'

'The public are advised to be aware of the continued risk of disruption to transport during this spell of wintry weather.'

What should I do?

Exposure to cold weather for prolonged periods of time can be dangerous. It raises the risk of heart attacks and strokes, and can cause problems for people with breathing difficulties such as asthma.

You can protect your health by:

  • Keeping your bedroom windows closed at night
  • Wrapping up well when you go outside
  • Keeping your living room at 70F (21C)
  • Keeping your bedroom at 65F (18C)

If there is anyone you know who might be at risk, make sure they know what to do.

Read more advice and download our Winter Wrapped Up booklet

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For more information: Call Age NI Advice: 0808 808 7575