As heavy winds, rain and snow showers continue in the south, Northern Ireland has been issued a severe weather warning. The Met Office predicts high winds of up to 70mph winds along with rain and snow showers.

BBC Northern Ireland’s weatherman Barra Best predicted blizzard conditions. "Snow showers will continue to move in from the west throughout the day," he said.

"Winds will also continue to build with the potential for some disruption."

Currently in “orange” alert they predict winds of up to 70mph in Magilligan, in Derry and up to 67mph in Castlederg, Tyrone, with blizzard conditions in the highland areas.

According to reports on this will be one of the stormiest weeks the UK has seen for many years.
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Tim Hewson, Chief Forecaster at the Met Office, said: “There is some uncertainty in the forecast for later in the week”.

The harsh winter storm is also affecting transport in the area. The Rathlin ferry has been cancelled. Although the Translink will continue to operate they predict that the high winds will cause speed restrictions all rail services.

In Derry the Foyle bridge was closed on Tuesday afternoon, for a short period, due to strong winds.

In the south cold temperatures, rain, sleet and snow showers are predicted to continue until Saturday.

The treacherous cold and icy roads caused a five-car collision in County Cork, on the Cork to Killarney Road. Ireland’s Automobile Association (AA) have warned motorists to continue to practice caution during this stormy weather.