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First snows of winter fall as forecasters warn of windy few days ahead

By John Porter

Winter properly arrived in Northern Ireland with the first real snow of the season yesterday.

While higher ground saw snow - Belfast's hills got a dusting - many low-lying areas experienced sleet, rain and bracing winds.

The Met Office had issued a weather warning for snow across Northern Ireland from Sunday until midday on Monday.

However, while there was the usual disruption associated with deteriorating conditions, many just took the opportunity to enjoy the change of scenery.

Hearty runners took to Divis Mountain for some exercise while others threw on extra layers for a more casual stroll.

For the rest of the week, it may be a case of battening down the hatches.

The Met Office put out a yellow warning for wind from today, with the worst expected tomorrow.

Forecasters are warning of severe gales across the province from this evening until early on Thursday.

Winds of between 60mph and 70mph are expected.

They have advised the public to be aware of travel disruption and the possibility of power supplies being cut because of the storm.

The Met Office has also said waves will be "unusually high" during the period with a chance of localised flooding in northern coastal areas.

Wintry showers could also lead to "significant" snow in higher areas once again.

The police have advised people to take care on the roads and to be aware of possible icy patches.

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