Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 27 January 2015

Snow's arrived in Northern Ireland ... but prepare to have wind put up us yet again

The magical reflections of the mallards in the sunshine. Oxford Island Craigavon. Pic Noeni Bryars 22/01/2015
The magical reflections of the mallards in the sunshine. Oxford Island Craigavon. Pic Noeni Bryars 22/01/2015
The magical reflections of the mallards in the sunshine. Oxford Island Craigavon. Pic Noeni Bryars 22/01/2015
Spring is just around the corner. Lambeg Pic: George Wills 25/01/2015
A snowy scene taken through a bus window while travelling home to Co. Tyrone. 18/01/2015 Pic. Feldore McHugh
Slemish looking cold and grey in Broughshane. Pic. Maureen Ballantine 16/01/2015
Motorists make their way through snowfall in Gortin near Omagh, as many parts of the UK were on snow alert with wintry showers threatening to disrupt travel. Niall Carson/PA Wire.
Sheep and a grouse in fields in Drumbo
Aoife beside her first ever snowman in Ballyronan, Co Derry. Pic. Caroline Glendinning 14/01/15
A blanket of snow covers Rathfriland. January 2015
A low sun rises over a gate in the Moneyrea countryside
Mischievous cocker spaniel Finn steals a snowman's carrot in Coleraine Pic. Karen Garvin 14/01/2015
‘Keeper’ the German shepherd plays in the snow in Ballycastle yesterday. The adverse weather conditions, however, brought misery to many
A solitary figure is framed by the famous trees of the Dark Hedges. January 15. 2015
A woman throws a ball for her springer spaniel on the snowy west strand at Portrush
Brothers Brenn (10) and Aodan (7) Doherty sledge along Creggan Hill to the Model Primary School in Derry
Snowfall causes disruption in the village of Claudy
A stunning sky over a blanket of snow in Five Mile Straight, Maghera, Derry. Pic. Hilary McGrath 14/01/2015
A lone sheep surrounded by snow at a farm near Claudy, Derry. Pic. Fiona-Jane Garrett 14/01/2015
Proudly showing off their snowmen as children enjoy the snowfall in Northern Ireland. Pic. Michelle Wilmont 14/01/2015
Little 16-month-old Clara has fun as she gets her first glimpse of the snow and takes her first steps in the winter wonderland in Limavady. Pic. Hannah McCausland 13/01/2015
A thick blanket of snow lies in Kildoag, Londonderry. Pic Astrid Coyle 14/01/2015
A good day's work in the snow - proudly showing their happy snowman. Pic Michelle Wilmont 14/01/2015
Snowball fights in the snow as young and old enjoy the wintry spell in Northern Ireland pic. Michelle Wilmont 14/01/2015
A blanket of snow makes a dramatic view over Loughbrickland Lake. Pic Lisa Young 13/01/2015
Dramatic colours as winter takes over Loughbrickland Lake Co Down. 13/01/2015 Pic. Lisa Young
Beautiful wintry image of Loughbrickland Lake Co Down. Pic. Lisa Young 13/01/2015
Zoe Adair and Victoria Poole enjoying the snowy spell in Northern Ireland. Pic. Victoria Poole. 13/01/2015
A blanket of snow over Dungiven. Pic. Natasha Kealey. 13/01/2015
Traffic slowed down due to snow on the Glendermot road Londonderry. Pic. Marcus Bye 13/01/2015
Heavy snow cover in Strabane. Pic. John Blair 13/01/2015
A beautiful snowy landscape in Strabane. Pic. John Blair 13/01/2015
A bed of snow glimmers under the sunshine in Strabane. Pic. John Blair 13/01/2015
Snow lying in Inishowen, Co Donegal. Pic. Trygve de Brun 13/01/2015
Florencecourt, CO Fermanagh Susan Elliott 13012015.
A wintry morning in Ballymoney. Pic. Emma McFaul 13/01/2015
A snowy morning in Park Village Co Derry. Pic.Fiona Jane Garrett 13/01/2015
A dark winter morning in Belleek, Co Fermanagh. Pic. Katriona Cox 13/01/2015
Blanket of snow outside Claudy. Pic Stacey Witherow 13/01/2015
A scattering of snow in Fivemiletown. Pic. Julie Brownlee 13/01/2015
Snow fall in Aghadowey. Pic. Lesley Richard Hunter 13/01/2015
Lettershandoney snow fall. Pic. Padraig Lynch 13/01/2015
Flashback: On the way to Cushendun from Ballycastle. Feb 2014 Submitted by Evelyn McCullough
Moonlit snow and stars over derelict house on Glenshane Pass. Photo by Martin McKenna.
Walkers on Divis Mountain, Belfast
In England, a jay skips through the snow in Kielder Forest
A donkey on Divis Mountain, Belfast
Traffic on the Glenshane Pass in Co Londonderry, as snow is replaced with rain and high winds across the province.
Sheep brave the overnight snowfall in Co Derry, Feb 2014. Picture Margaret McLaughlin
Taken on Portstewart Strand,11/2/14. Some hardy surfers undeterred by a snowstorm. Submitted by Evelyn McCullough
Frosty - Snowfall in Northern Ireland Feb 2014. Picture submitted by Stevie Burns
Snow in Maghera, Co Derry with bad weather hitting across Northern Ireland. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
Snowfall in Coleraine - a creative eye. Submitted by Deanna Partridge Feb 2014
Snow at Creative Gardens Galgorm Castle. Feb 2014. Submitted by Philip Gass.
The scene in Derry's Brooke Park as snow hits the North West. Feb 2014 Photo Lorcan Doherty / pressye.com
Snow in Limavady. Feb 2014 By @RichardCraig7
The scene in Derry's Brooke Park as snow hits the North West. Feb 2014 Photo Lorcan Doherty / pressye.com
Snow in the Aghanloo area, just outside Limavady. Feb 2014 By @RVE_LTD
The scene in Derry's Brooke Park as snow hits the North West. Feb 2014 Photo Lorcan Doherty / pressye.com
Heavy snow at Hillfarm House Deer Sanctuary, Derry. Feb 2014 By @kevinharkin3
The scene in Derry's Brooke Park as snow hits the North West. Feb 2014 Photo Lorcan Doherty / pressye.com
Flashback to snowy 2013: Spelga Dam in the Mournes. Submitted on behalf of Lynette Cooke.
Flashback to Winter 2013: Icicles in Ballynure. Submitted by Stephen Millings
Flashback to Winter 2013: Carrigagh Road Dromara. Submitted by Stephen Dunniece
Flashback to Winter 2013: 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
Flashback to Winter 2013: Carrigagh Road Dromara. Submitted by Stephen Dunniece
Flashback to Winter 2013: Submitted by Sarah Loughridge
Flashback to Winter 2013: Fair head. Submitted by Evelyn McCullough
Flashback to Winter 2013: Submitted by Sarah Loughridge
Flashback to Winter 2013: The Glens of Antrim. Submitted by Mary Legg.
Flashback to Winter 2013: Cushendall Road, Co.Antrim. Submitted by Cathy Clark of Ballycastle
Flashback to Winter 2013: Cushendall Road, Co.Antrim. Submitted by Cathy Clark of Ballycastle
Flashback to Winter 2013: Cushendall Road, Co.Antrim. Submitted by Cathy Clark of Ballycastle
Flashback to Winter 2013: Cushendall Road, Co.Antrim. Submitted by Cathy Clark of Ballycastle
Flashback to Winter 2013: Cushendall Road, Co.Antrim. Submitted by Cathy Clark of Ballycastle
Flashback to Winter 2013: Cushendall Road, Co.Antrim. Submitted by Cathy Clark of Ballycastle
Flashback to Winter 2013: Cushendall Road, Co.Antrim. Submitted by Cathy Clark of Ballycastle
Flashback to Winter 2013: 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

Forecasters are warning of risks of travel disruption and difficult driving conditions with overnight snowfalls being followed by gale force winds as a "vigorous" low pressure system sweeps across Northern Ireland.

Overnight, showers were forecast to turn to snow, continuing into this morning particularly in northern areas. Accumulations to 2-5cm were predicted on ground above 200m, with more than 10cm possible on higher ground.

There will be a significant wind chill making it feel much colder.

The Met Office has issued a series of severe weather warnings and said this will be followed by a vigorous area of low pressure which is expected to sweep across Northern Ireland later today, bringing a swathe of south-westerly gales.

The warning predicted a risk of disruption to transport and possibly power supplies, with large waves affecting some UK coastlines.

Forecasters MeteoGroup said the centre of the low pressure system is expected to move across Northern Ireland, making it tricky to predict when the gales will be at their height.

The centre of the low is expected to bring a lull in the high winds, with strong winds expected around midday and again late afternoon.

"We could see gusts of 50-60mph and it could potentially be a little bit stronger than that in places," MeteoGroup forecaster Gareth Harvey said.

"We're looking at probably quite a dry start, then rain and possibly some sleet for a time coming in from the south west.

"We could get some very heavy rain for a time, becoming more showery in the afternoon and again some heavy periods of rain are likely to be mixed in with that. There's a chance in the evening of wintry showers developing."

Wintry showers could continue into tomorrow and Thursday, although it is expected to be drier on Thursday and Friday.

"Into the weekend, there's a chance of more strong winds and outbreaks of rain," Mr Harvey added.

Roads Service warned that temperatures are forecast to drop below freezing overnight with a risk of snow and ice on the roads.

"Road users are advised to exercise caution when travelling, particularly on untreated roads," a spokesman said.

Yesterday photographs were coming in of snow blanketing northerly areas such as Coleraine, Derry and Strabane.

The Met Office said more showers bringing hail and sleet are likely throughout the rest of the week.

Temperatures should hover just above freezing, but will feel much colder – more like minus 4/5C.

 

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