Weather warning issued for north and northwest

Ireland is in for a few rough days weather-wise as Met Eireann has detected an Atlantic depression coming right behind Storm Fionn

The Met Office had previously put out a yellow warning for snow, but this has now been upgraded to amber for most of the region for between 9pm tonight and 5am tomorrow.

The BBC yesterday predicted there would be 16 hours of snow in Dundee today, but the forecast is now much more moderate, with only occasional flurries.

Earlier today the area affected was the extreme west of West Sussex but this has recently been extended to cover all of the South.of England.

The Met Office warns that frequent and heavy hail and snow showers are likely to affect many parts of Scotland and Northern Ireland from Monday evening.

"Delays to travel are possible, with a lower likelihood of cancellations of public transport".

The Met Office said that the locations of the most damaging winds are uncertain, but "parts of northern and eastern England along with southern Scotland now look more at risk".

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"A gradual improvement is likely on Wednesday for most areas".

However, later on Wednesday afternoon, heavy and persistent rain will push into Atlantic coastal counties in strengthening south to southwest winds.

Wednesday begins similarly after an icy start, with further blustery, rain, hail, sleet and snow showers.

Meanwhile up to four inches of snow is forecasted to fall on high ground across parts of Scotland over the next few days. Showers will be accompanied by hail and lightning at times.

"Further wintry showers are expected throughout the day and road users are reminded that even when salting has been undertaken ice-free roads can not be guaranteed", said a spokesperson.

Tonight will see the worst of the snow showers, with gale force winds not helping.

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Through the night there will be some heavy showers which bring the risk of several centimetres of snow and risk of ice.

Initially it is expected to fall mainly as sleet and hail near some coasts, however, it is expected to fall in higher grounds.

Injuries and danger to life from flying debris are possible along with some damage to buildings.

The snow will have died out by Thursday morning, but the county will remain on yellow alert as high winds blow across Yorkshire.

The latest warning lasts until Thursday morning, and as well as snow, could see very strong winds batter the north of the UK.

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