Storm Barra: Snowfall hits Fermanagh as ‘weather bomb’ hits Northern Ireland and hits coast

Snowfall has arrived in Fermanagh as Storm Barra makes landfall in Northern Ireland.

Photographer Tom Gilroy shared a photo of a snowy landscape in Boho, County Fermanagh around 9 a.m. on Tuesday morning.

He tweeted: “I woke up to white boho stuff, be careful on the roads.”

A yellow weather warning is currently in place with heavy downpours and gusty gusts of up to 75 mph expected in coastal areas, particularly in County Antrim and County Down.

The weather alert will be in effect until 9 a.m. Wednesday.

Persistent heavy rains will arrive on Tuesday morning, but they will gradually turn to afternoon showers that will last through night and Wednesday morning before subsiding completely.

Accumulations of 20 to 30 mm are expected quite widely with 40 to 50 mm possible on higher ground.

Stena Line has canceled four ferries from Belfast to Cairnryan due to stormy conditions.

The Infrastructure Department has advised motorists to be very careful, particularly around the Down and Antrim coasts where large, overflowing waves could cause disruption.

Road users are urged to be careful on Millisle Road in Donaghadee as a fallen tree has blocked both lanes near the old police station.

Stewart Dickson MP also tweeted that Storm Barra had cut down the Stormont Christmas tree.

Parks are also closed at popular walking sites on Tuesdays due to high winds.

Connswater Community Greenway said: “Due to high winds and heavy rain expected tomorrow [Tuesday] following #StormBarra, Victoria Park will be closed as a precaution.

“We will do our best to keep you informed and apologize for any inconvenience – the safety of our users is paramount.”

The National Trust also closed parking lots in Murlough Nature Reserve outside Newcastle on Tuesday “due to forecasts of high winds”.

In the Republic of Ireland, schools, colleges and nurseries in some of the worst affected areas will remain closed in Ireland on Tuesday.
Covid-19 testing and vaccination centers will also remain closed in parts of the country.
Met Eireann warned that disruption to travel and power is likely, as well as coastal flooding.

Flights are also canceled from Cork Airport.

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