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Author: Age NI
Published on 04 February 2013 11:00 AM

The Met Office has issued a yellow alert of snow and ice for Northern Ireland.

The Met Office forecasts, 'Heavy, squally showers will spread to many parts of Northern Ireland and the western half of northern England during Monday, turning wintry on high ground through the middle of the day and then increasingly to lower levels during Monday evening.

'Showers will probably remain largely as sleet and hail along some northern and western coasts, but are likely to turn to snow inland, more certainly on ground above 100 or 200 metres elevation. 10 cm or more of snow may affect higher level routes later in the day, with drifting and temporary blizzard conditions.

'At lower levels, amounts of snowfall will be generally smaller and quite variable but some areas could see in excess of 5 cm of snowfall, with some drifting. Winds will gust to around 50 mph near the heavier showers but higher over hills.
'The public should be aware of the potential for some disruption, especially to travel.'

The snow alert is valid from 1800 on Monday until 0900 on Tuesday 5 Feb. The ice alert is valid from 0005 until 1100 on Tuesday 5 Feb.

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