SNOW - ICE - WIND - Met Éireann issues new alerts

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The Met Office this morning issued a yellow weather warning for much of the United Kingdom, including parts of East Anglia.

A weather warning for ice has been issued for Hampshire by the Met Office and rain and sleet are expected to fall until about 11am. This warning is set for Wednesday 13th December to Thursday 14th December at 10 pm.

The forecasters say that the winds will have a mean speed of 45 to 65 kph and there will be gusts of up to 85kph.

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Connacht and North Ulster will be particularly badly affected. According to Met Office UK, Northern Ireland experienced an even colder snap on Christmas Eve 2010, with a low of -18.7 °C.

Maximum temperatures throughout tomorrow of 4 or 5 degrees celsius are being predicted with a wind chill adding to the icy conditions.

It'll be very windy with some clear spells overnight, although there will be scattered showers (some of them wintry), especially over high ground. Colder on Friday and Saturday although showers becoming confined to windward coasts.

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Temperatures will reach a minimum off 0C to 4C, with slight frost in some areas.

The rest of the week promises to be "bitterly cold" throughout the country, with the risk of sleet and possibly snow on Thursday, before conditions become slightly milder at the weekend.

A lot of Ulster will experience sleety showers and there will be a risk of thundery showers.

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