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Friday 26 December 2014

Freezing Ulster has Belfast Telegraph readers snapping away

Easter decoration in our garden. Submitted by Hazel Price, Hillsborough
On the way to Cushendun from Ballycastle. Submitted by Evelyn McCullough
Icicles in Ballynure. Submitted by Stephen Millings
Carrigagh Road Dromara. Submitted by Stephen Dunniece
Okay, there's no snow and this is a snow gallery but this pic of Des Nixon, taken by his wife Jo, deserves to be published
Carrigagh Road Dromara. Submitted by Stephen Dunniece
Submitted by Sarah Loughridge
Fair head. Submitted by Evelyn McCullough
Submitted by Sarah Loughridge
The Glens of Antrim. Submitted by Mary Legg.
Cushendall Road, Co.Antrim. Submitted by Cathy Clark of Ballycastle
Cushendall Road, Co.Antrim. Submitted by Cathy Clark of Ballycastle
Cushendall Road, Co.Antrim. Submitted by Cathy Clark of Ballycastle
Cushendall Road, Co.Antrim. Submitted by Cathy Clark of Ballycastle
Cushendall Road, Co.Antrim. Submitted by Cathy Clark of Ballycastle
Cushendall Road, Co.Antrim. Submitted by Cathy Clark of Ballycastle
Cushendall Road, Co.Antrim. Submitted by Cathy Clark of Ballycastle
Cushendall Road, Co.Antrim. Submitted by Cathy Clark of Ballycastle
Twins Lewis & Dylan Crooks with big sister Zara from Lurgan. Submitted by Emily Gilchrist
The Glens of Antrim. Submitted by Mary Legg
After the snow, The Glens of Antrim. Submitted by Mary Legg
The Glens of Antrim. Submitted by Mary Legg
Biggest Snowman in Redburn Country Park. Submitted by Katrina Campbell
Debs and Phil wedding at Larchfield Estate. Submitted by Amy Millar
Debs and Phil wedding at Larchfield Estate. Submitted by Amy Millar
Debs and Phil wedding at Larchfield Estate. Submitted by Amy Millar
Cavehill. Submitted by Tim Blake
Cavehill. Submitted by Tim Blake
Cavehill. Submitted by Tim Blake
Divis Mountain. "No left turn" at Lindsay Hairpin on Hannastown road. Submitted by Reg Haslett
Trees at the Cuttings above Dundrod. Submitted by Reg Haslett
Ballycastle, Watertop farm! its in there somewhere. Taken on sunday morning 24th March 2013 by Cathy Clark
New line dam near Carrickfergus on Sunday 24th March 2013. Submitted by Claire Brown
Snow houses built at Ballyvallagh Road Raloo by Mark Stephen and James McConnell
Snow houses built at Ballyvallagh Road Raloo by Mark Stephen and James McConnell
A freshly dug path just off the watch-hill road, straid, ballyclare. This area is known as 'snowy glen' and it has certainly lived up to its name this week! Submitted by Christine Dunn
Snow houses built at Ballyvallagh Road Raloo by Mark Stephen and James McConnell
Gallery of Belfast Telegraph readers' snow pictures Garden fox - Carrowreagh, Dundonald submitted by Carol Cinnamond March 22 2013
House of Stephen Bryden on the Cairn Road outside Carrickfergus. Image sent in by Gerry Millar
Image of a car between a snow bank. Image supplied by Paul Connolly
Basil McCrea travelling through Dromara snowfields. Image supplied by Jamie Mackrell
Basil McCrea with residents in Annahilt. Image supplied by Jamie Mackrell
Gallery of Belfast Telegraph readers' snow pictures Castle Gardens, Lisburn. By Tom Porter
Beautiful trees on divis mountains. By Pauline
A Winter Sun In Lisburn. By Tom Porter

The freezing weather conditions causing havoc across Northern Ireland are to continue until the weekend – providing ample opportunities for our readers to get their cameras out and start snapping.

As the clocks are wound forward for the start of British Summer Time this Easter bank holiday weekend, snow is still likely to be coating parts of the province.

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The Public Weather Service advisor to Northern Ireland summed up the treacherous conditions as "a never-ending winter".

John Wylie also revealed that temperatures will hit as low as -5 degrees this week as the unseasonable big freeze continues to wreak havoc. "It's unusually cold for late March and it's going to stay very cold over the next few days," said Mr Wylie. "Temperatures by day will be no more than 4 or 5 degrees, but equally night time temperatures could be down to -4 or -5 degrees inland.

"A lot of the snow that is lying is not going to get a chance to melt, particularly on the high ground, but that in some respects is not a bad thing.

"There's so much of it that if it was to all melt very quickly there could be real problems, but that doesn't look like it will be the case and I think we can expect a gradual thaw out of snow."

Mr Wylie said there might be more snow showers, particularly in the eastern counties, but he added that a huge quantity of the white stuff is not expected.

"In comparison to what we have already had, the fresh snowfall won't be in the same league," he said, advising people to wrap up.

The bad news will offer little relief to the hundreds of householders still suffering the effects of the inclement weather. Many sheep farmers have been unable to get food supplies to their livestock and face significant losses.

Bookies Ladbrokes now has a white Easter as odds-on, and is offering 5/1 that it will be the coldest Easter weekend ever.

The Met Office has extended its level three cold weather alert until Friday for parts of the UK.

The continuing Arctic conditions are in stark contrast to this week last year when headlines proclaimed Britain hotter than Madrid or California, with sun-seekers heading to the beach to enjoy an early spring heatwave.

On March 24 last year, Porthmadog in North Wales saw the warmest temperature, reaching 21.7C (71F) – making it hotter than Madrid, Rome, Athens and Barcelona

Nick Prebble, a forecaster for MeteoGroup, the weather division for the Press Association, said the cold weather was expected to last for at least a few more days, although there will be a respite from the heavy snowfalls.

He said: "The cold and dry weather will stay with us and it will be a similar picture for the next three days. Temperatures are going to struggle, generally reaching 2-3C (35.6-37.4F).

"It will feel even colder though, because of the easterly breeze bringing in colder air."

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