Snow on the way

Killian Kenny helps make a snowman at Raheenagh National School
Killian Kenny helps make a snowman at Raheenagh National School

It might have been one of the warmest Aprils on record - but the north west is braced for snow for the start of May.

A cold snap with snow, hail and gales is expected by the Met Office as an arctic air mass moves south across the United Kingdom.

Snow is set to fall across high ground in Scotland, Northern Ireland and the north of England over the coming days.

Temperatures could plunge as low as -5C on Sunday night in Scotland, while across the rest of the country the mercury could fall to below zero.

Following the unusually warm weather of the past few weeks and the start of the cricket season, the cold weather will be a shock to the system.

The drop in temperatures is due to an arctic maritime air mass, which is heading in from Iceland and Greenland and should lead to abnormally cold weather over the next couple of days.