Significant snowfall and gales due to hit northwest this week

Wed, 07/12/2011 - 19:54 -- Editor

Derry is battoning down the hatches for a spell of severe weather set to make it's way towards the northwest in the next few days.
The Met Office has issued two weather warnings for the region this week. On Thursday the northwest is to be battered by severe gales and heavy snow is forecast for the weekend, with a Met Office yellow alert being issued for Saturday for significant snowfall in the region.

The Met Office says winds will increase during Thursday morning with severe gales developing with some particularly damaging storm force winds likely to affect parts of the north. They say there is a risk of disruption and that conditions for travle will be extremely poor.

Winds should tend to ease from the west on Thursday night with the severe gales becoming confined to Scotland by the early hours of Friday.

On Saturday a cold north northwesterly airstream will become established across the UK bringing snow, heavy at times, to the northwest. Snow showers are likely to affect many parts, giving accumulations to low levels. Untreated surfaces will also become icy at times. 

This will be the first serious snowfall of this winter after some minor snowfalls, mainly on the higher ground and other parts of the north, earlier in the week.