08 April 2005

Belfast Telegraph

Snow falls in April cold snap

By Damien McGinley
08 April 2005

Snow fell in many places this morning as the long predicted cold snap hit Northern Ireland.

Temperatures dropped to freezing overnight as an Arctic airflow extended south across the UK and Ireland.

Many early morning car journeys were disrupted by the snow flurries and ice patches on the roads.

Gritters were out throughout the night treating the major roads across the province. All the main routes had been salted by 7.30am.

The Roads Service had no reports of problems on the roads this morning and there were no problems at the airports or ferries.

Quite a few snow showers fell overnight although they were fairly light.

It is normal to get the odd cold snap in April but snowfall is very rare.

April temperatures typically range from 3C to 11C. At 9am today, the temperature in Belfast was 0C.

Temperatures are expected to reach a high of 6C today.

A change is predicted in Rome's weather ahead of Pope John Paul II's funeral also.

After a week of searing temperatures that caused many people to faint while waiting in line to see the Pope's body, weather forecasters predicted it to be cloudy with possible rain.

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