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Monday 24 November 2014

'We'll freeze for another month'

Pictures of the Chinook over James McHenry's farm just outside Glenariff, Co Antrim. 
The Chinook was dropping fodder to McHenry's sheep on the other side of the mountain.
Pictures of the Chinook over James McHenry's farm just outside Glenariff, Co Antrim. The Chinook was dropping fodder to McHenry's sheep on the other side of the mountain.
?Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland 26th March 2013 - Mandatory Credit - Picture by Matt Mackey/presseye.com General views from the Craigantlet Hills around 5miles from Belfast where there is no sign of a break in the adverse weather conditions with some roads banked with snow 0ft in height.
?Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland 26th March 2013 - Mandatory Credit - Picture by Matt Mackey/presseye.com General views from the Craigantlet Hills around 5miles from Belfast where there is no sign of a break in the adverse weather conditions with some roads banked with snow 0ft in height.
Cars trapped under snow at west torr. PICTURE KEVIN MCAULEY PHOTOGRAPHY MULTIMEDIA
Northern Ireland- 26th March 2013 Mandatory Credit - Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye. Heavy snow continues to affect high areas across Northern Ireland following the bad weather at the weekend. Sheep pictured in the hills above Glenarm in Co. Antrim.
26.03.13. PICTURE BY DAVID FITZGERALD The snow has forced people into abandoning cars and clearing the roads and their driveways as it has not thawed. Windermere Park in Four Winds, Belfast. Leeanne Fairfield helping to clear the road
26.03.13. PICTURE BY DAVID FITZGERALD The snow has forced people into abandoning cars and clearing the roads and their driveways as it has not thawed. Carnview Road in Carnmoney.
26.03.13. PICTURE BY DAVID FITZGERALD The snow has forced people into abandoning cars and clearing the roads and their driveways as it has not thawed. Carnview Road in Carnmoney. Alan McClenaghan walking home with his shopping
NIE crews making emergency repairs to the electricity network after fierce snow storms in Northern Ireland disrupted services
A Northern Ireland Electricity engineer as heavy snow falls on the Carnlough to Ballymena
A tractor attempts to clear drifting snow in the hills above the Glens of Antrim, Northern Ireland
A tractor attempts to clear drifting snow in the hills above the Glens of Antrim, Northern Ireland
A snow covered Windsor Park in Belfast
People in Belfast battle against the elements as Northern Ireland hit by snow, sleet and strong winds
A Northern Ireland Electricity engineer as heavy snow falls on the Carnlough to Ballymena road in Co Antrim
Severe weather on the Cushendall Road Ballycastle
Basil McCrea travelling through Dromara snowfields. Image supplied by Jamie Mackrell
Basil McCrea with residents in Annahilt. Image supplied by Jamie Mackrell
Image of a car between a snow bank. Image supplied by Paul Connolly
House of Stephen Bryden on the Cairn Road outside Carrickfergus. Image sent in by Gerry Millar
Northern Ireland Electricity crews making emergency repairs to the network after fierce snow storms (Northern Ireland Electricity/PA)
Motorists battle through blizzards and drifting snow in the hills above the Glens of Antrim
Snow ended Northern Ireland's hopes of playing Russia at the weekend
PACEMAKER BELFAST 22/3/2013 An unfortunate motorist on the M1 , with the weather causing problems across the country Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
Gallery of Belfast Telegraph readers' snow pictures Garden fox - Carrowreagh, Dundonald submitted by Carol Cinnamond March 22 2013
PACEMAKER BELFAST 22/3/2013 Clearing the way on the Belfast Road outside Crumlin Co Antrim with the weather causing problems across the country Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
Northern Ireland- 22nd March 2013 Mandatory Credit - Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye. Pitch inspection at Windsor Park ahead of Northern Ireland's World Cup Qualifier against Russia following a night of heavy snow. Workmen attempt to clear the pitch of snow.
Gallery of Belfast Telegraph readers' snow pictures Castle Gardens, Lisburn. By Tom Porter
Beautiful trees on divis mountains. By Pauline
Icicles hang from a statue in Trafalgar Square as the cold weather continues

The big freeze gripping the UK could last until almost the end of April, weather forecasters predicted.

Temperatures are unlikely to recover to normal averages for the time of year until the latter part of next month, the Met Office suggested through its 30-day forecast.

Sub-zero temperatures look set to bring misery to thousands of people for the rest of the week and throughout Easter weekend as the dangerous wintry weather shows no immediate signs of abating.

Thousands of people in western Scotland face a sixth day without power after being cut off last week, and many transport routes across the UK remain impassable because of deep snow drifts.

More than 3,000 people in Argyll in Scotland and the Isle of Arran were without power after ice and snow damaged pylons, damaging the electricity network.

Farmers have been left counting the cost of the blizzard conditions, with many having to rescue stranded livestock at the height of the lambing season.

An RAF Chinook helicopter was called in to help as part of an emergency operation in Northern Ireland as farms and families were cut off by huge snow drifts.

The severe weather has also been blamed for the deaths of a number of birds, including puffins, razorbills and guillemots, which have washed up on Britain's beaches.

The RSPB Scotland said it had received reports in Aberdeenshire, Angus and Northumberland. The Met Office has issued a cold weather alert for much of England, with a 100% probability of severe cold weather and icy conditions until Friday.

Its outlook for Sunday to April 9 predicts cold, dry weather, with a few light snow flurries and widespread frost and icy patches overnight. And the Met Office predicts temperatures are unlikely to recover to nearer normal values until the latter part of April.

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