Met Office respond to reports Northern Ireland will be battered by ‘Beast from the East’ bringing snow and icy weather

There is less than a 1% chance of significant snowfall in Northern Ireland in the coming weeks, according to the Met Office.

While there may be colder conditions and snow potential in early December in the eastern parts of England and Scotland, those on this side of the Irish Sea are extremely unlikely to see any significant winter conditions, forecasters say.

It follows some reports that suggested the UK would be hit by a so-called ‘beast from the east’ in the coming weeks, bringing up to four inches of snow as the country heads into December.

The Met Office describes the phrase as “cold and wintry conditions in Britain resulting from a polar continental air mass”.

Craig Snell, weather forecaster at the Met Office, said the rest of the month in Northern Ireland will remain choppy with little sign of snow.

“Low pressure will generally remain close for the remainder of the month. Generally it will remain volatile and wet and windy, with temperatures generally staying where they should be,” he said.

“Of course, as we head into December, temperatures will start to drop, as is usual as we head into the winter months.

“It should be a little colder. There are no strong signals of anything wintry on the way.

“There are indications of high pressure on some models. But it will likely make things colder but drier, if anything.

“As we head into winter the chances of seeing snow will increase but especially for yourself in Northern Ireland if this scenario were to occur which I would put as less than 1% chance it probably still would have not a big effect.

“Anything that comes across would be mostly on the east coast of Scotland and England.

“The reports of significant snowfall are a bit too harsh.”

Meanwhile, the Met Office issued a yellow weather warning for Northern Ireland on Thursday.

The national forecaster warned of strong winds between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. and said residents across NI should expect some delays to road, rail, air and ferry services.

Delays for high-board vehicles on exposed routes and bridges are also likely.

Some coastal routes, seafronts and coastal communities will also be affected by spray and/or large waves.

Heavy rain had previously fallen in parts of counties Antrim, Armagh and Down.

A traffic accident on the southbound A1 caused a closure between the Halfway Road and Kilmacure Road junctions on Wednesday morning. While vehicles were soon removed, the road took longer to reopen due to excessive levels of surface water.

It comes after almost a quarter of the average monthly rainfall for November fell in less than half a day in parts of Northern Ireland on Monday.

At least 30.4mm was measured in the city of Armagh as of 3pm, just nine hours after heavy downpours began.

Simultaneously, 28.4 mm of rain had fallen in Glenanne.

Met Office forecaster Alex Burkhill described it as “a sizeable amount” and warned more was on the way. Met Office respond to reports Northern Ireland will be battered by ‘Beast from the East’ bringing snow and icy weather

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