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Northern Ireland weather alert: Arctic blast bringing fresh snow

Published 03/12/2010

3rd December 2010. Belfast.Heavy snow is causing problems across Northern Ireland with nearly 40 schools closed and some roads impassable.The scene in North Belfast's Waterworks as a blanket of snow covers the City.
3rd December 2010. Belfast.Heavy snow is causing problems across Northern Ireland with nearly 40 schools closed and some roads impassable.The scene in North Belfast's Waterworks as a blanket of snow covers the City.
Looking towards Slieve Binnian, Mourne Mtns - by Jon, Portadown
Fiend or foe.... By Robin McCormick. Dec 2010
Silent Valley from Slieve Lamagan, Mourne Mtns - by Jon, Portadown
Craigavon Lake. By J O'Neill. Dec 2010
My Son Zack enjoying the snow. Dec 2010. By Trish Taylor in Derry
Spelga Dam 1.12.10 Taken by Ronan Sherry
Craigavon Lakes 1/12/10. Brian Portadown
My chocolate labrador Levi . Jason Davidson Ballymoney
Mournes snowboarding. Submitted by Gav
Sammy & Harvey enjoying the snow by Miriam Taylor, Belfast
Swans on the canal, Ballynahinch. By Pauline Rainey. Dec 2010
Broadwater Canal Aghalee. By Michelle Myles, Maghaberry
Foraging for food , Ballyclare. By Joan Wilson
Snow covered Brooke Park, Derry
Baby, it's cold outside!. By Sinead Hoben, Newry
Summit of Donard. By Brian, Portadown Caption:
Snowman. By Rod Mulholland Nov 2010
Little Aoibheann McElhone from Claudy braves the cold to make a snowwoman
Adam Kerr (6) makes the most of the snow on monday as he adds the finishing touches to an igloo at the Playtrail in Londonderry.
Stramore Road. Gilford. By 'jocorleone' Nov 2010
First time on a sleigh. Submitted by Jenny Kordys, Drumaness Nov 2010
Two-year-old Sophie Duffy enjoys herself after falling out of her sleigh at LIsnagelvin in Derry
Dromore Lane. By Rod Mulholland.Tobermore. Nov 2010
St Canice's Church Eglinton . By Willie Robb Eglinton Nov 2010
Frozen Cat: By Pauline Belfast
Craigavon lakes frozen and dusted with snow. By Jeremy Clifford, Craigavon Nov 2010
Kells, Antrim.Submitted by 'keveddy'
My pug enjoys snow for the first time. By 'littlestirishone' Nov 2010
Snow covered Brooke Park, Derry. Pablo O'Connor and his mum Laura.
Laura Henderson, south Belfast
River moyola tobermore. picture submitted by Rod Mulholand.Tobermore. 30.03.2010
A woman walks across the M3 in heavy snow in Cavan
A delivery man works in heavy snow in Cavan town
A woman walks through heavy snow in Cavan
Belfast Telegraph readers' pics of winter weather: Icy Waterfall on January 11. By Katie S., Killarney National Park
Snowy Fence around Ballymena. By Barry Lau - Ballymena
RIVER BANN,BALLYDOWN,BANBRIDGE, BY STEPHEN McDOWELL
Gallery of Belfast Telegraph readers' snow pictures Castle Gardens, Lisburn. By Tom Porter
A Winter Sun In Lisburn. By Tom Porter
Beautiful trees on divis mountains. By Pauline
Entrance to Belvoir. By Des Meredith at Belvoir
belvoir forest park. By fiona donnan  belfast
Lisburn's Winter Wonderland. By Tom, Lisburn
Mourne Mountains. By John Mitchell, Belfast
Wallace Park, Lisburn. By Tom, Lisburn
Strule Bridge. By Stevie, Omagh
Angela Eadie & her daughters having fun in the snow.
Cycling like madman on Sunday. By Lawrence Smith , Cavehill
Pictures taken in Aghagallon Village. By Etta Mullan
River Blackwater Maghery
near ballymoney. By nev walker
Foyle Walkway Derry. By Patsy Devine. Derry City
Eglinton village on a winter's morning. By tony doherty
Glenelly Valley Co Tyrone. By Patsy Devine Stroanbrack Co Tyrone
my back garden. By Brendan Donaghy
Cregagh Glen Belfast. By Peter Forster, Belfast
Lack , Co Fermanagh. By Doreen Gibson
Lough Neagh, Alan, Daniel and Aaron Monaghan, Maghery
THE TREE. By Moyaleen By William Pullins
Moira Demesne. By Peter B Waddell
Snow in Lurgan Park. By Margaret Taylor
Maghery, River Blackwater
ross , and alfie the snowman. By ross clarke
The Frozen River Bann in Portadown. By Gary English, Portadown
Rear of Armagh Cathedral in the early evening. By Gary English, Portadown
granny's house in the snow, magheranappin co donegal
My back garden. By Brenda Lennon, Munster, Germany
Frozen lakeside at Lurgan Park. By Jenny Hanna, Lurgan
Brownlow House, from Lurgan Park. By Jenny Hanna, Lurgan
Henry in snow!!By Jenny Hanna, Lurgan
Hazy Shade of Winter, Lagan Meadows. By Gavin Sloan
Shaws Bridge. By Tara, west Belfast.
River Foyle from Bay Park. By Pat Devine Derry City
Scots Pine, Ballinderry. By Peter B Waddell
Topiary, Nutts Corner. By Peter B Waddell
Cavehill. By Philip McCloy
Cavehill Robin. By Philip McCloy
Towards Silent Valley. By N Walker, Belfast
This is what I call a snow man, taken just before Moira roundabout. By Gillian Musgrave
Lady Dixon Park, Belfast. By Audrey Matchett
Frozen Beauty, Lady Dixon Park Malone. By Peter Breene
Lone walker at Lady Dixon Park Malone. By Peter Breene
River lagan at Drumbeg. By Peter Breene
Whitewater River, Kilkeel
Frozen Lough, Temple Co Down. By Iain Gregory
River Foyle, Derry. Photo by John Gallagher
Keeping the road clear at Spelga Dam. By Robert in Kilkeel
Spelga Dam in a snow shower. By Robert in Kilkeel
Slippy. By Chris O'Neill, Lagan belfast
no sailing. By Chris O'Neill Belfast
Noleen Cartmill & daughter Katie enjoy the slopes at Spelga Dam
The McCauley family from Rathfriland share the snowy slopes at Spelga Pass
A Frozen Lagan, Ormeau Bridge, Belfast
Scrabo Hill. By Jim Devlin Dundonald
A Robin on Slieve Donard. By Damien Conway, Belfast
MOSSLEY MILL POND. By ROY ORR MOSSLEY
The Water Hole/ The dam at the back of the Valley Leisure centre Newtownabbey. By Philip Mccloy
mournes..towards silent valley. By n.walker/belfast
Hazy Shade of Winter. By Gavin Sloan Lagan Meadows
Minnowburn Beeches. By Jayne Gregory Lagan Valley
An apple a day. By N Walker, Belfast
Redbreast, River Lagan. By B Maguire
Victoria Park, Belfast. By Glen Dunwoody, Belfast
High and dry. By John Hughes, Newtownabbey
Lovers Lane, Merville Garden Village, Newtownabbey. By John Hughes, Newtownabbey
Belvoir forest park on 9th January, by Clare Harvey
Minnowburn Bridge. By Diane McKeaveney
winter on the Lagan - taken on the bridge at McIlroy Park, Dunmurry. By Helen Millar
winter on the Lagan - taken on the bridge at McIlroy Park, Dunmurry. By Helen Millar
winter on the Lagan - taken on the bridge at McIlroy Park, Dunmurry. By Helen Millar
Mournes from divis. By n.walker/belfast
Daniel and Luke Kelly enjoying the snow in Glengormley. By Stephen Kelly
Snow shapes in the Mournes. By Paul Kavanagh, Rathfriland
Ollie in his first snow. By Ruth M.McKinley, Portadwon
Winter visitor to my back garden. Almost fell down trying to get my camera. By Martin in Banbridge
Two little visitors. By Thomas Braniff, Ballymena
Doing the post in Carryduff. By Liam Mackel, Belfast
Twirly Whirly. By Sinead Hoben, Newry
Riverside Park. By Andy, Ballymoney
Snowy days: Matthew and Owen Irvine , Maghaberry
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Frozen pampas grass in Botanic Gardens. By Feldore McHugh, Belfast
Zara, Lewis & Dylan with mum at Lurgan Park. By Gareth Crooks
Frozen playhouse. By Sinead Hoben, Newry
Grandson Caleb Patterson braving the slippery conditions to post some letters. By William McVeigh, Comber
National University of Ireland, Maynooth campus. By Helen McVeigh, Belfast
Ice on the River Bann near Coleraine. By K Rowland, Kilrea
Ice flows at Craigavon Bridge. By Alfie McAleer, Derry
Hikers along the Mournes Wall. By Paul Kavanagh, Rathfriland
Mournes in January. By Paul Kavanagh, Rathfriland
Royal Portrush frozen 3rd green. By Andy, Ballymoney
River Lagan. By B Maguire
John Mitchell, Mourne Mountains. By John Mitchell, Belfast
High Mournes over Silent Valley to the Irish sea. By Paul Kavanagh, Rathfriland
Frozen Lagan at Ormeau Bridge. By Philip McErlean
Victoria Park. By Elizabeth McQuillan, Belfast
Frost on tree branches. By Rach Co Down
Frozen River in Dunmurry. By Tierna Magee, Belfast
Snow over Belfast. By Lisa Kyle
CEF in the snow. By Lisa Kyle
Robin in cold snap. By Jeffrey Bingham, Banbridge
Tree at Lower Ballinderry. By George Glover
Cascum Road, Banbridge at sunset. By Gordon Mc Clintock, Banbridge.
Fat Robin. By Elizabeth McQuillan, Belfast
Frances Wilson on skis in Springwell Forest near Coleraine. By Peter Wilson, Portstewart
Waterworks Park. Submitted by Mary Torney, Belfast
Hillsborough Forest Park. Submitted by Jo Maguire, Lambeg
Missy on Ice. Submitted by Mary Torney, Belfast
Ballougry Road, County Londonderry. Submitted by Stephen Hogg, Ballymagorry
Overlooking the Minnowburn Beeches. Submitted by Geoff McConaghie
At the rose garden over looking Malone House. Submitted by Geoff McConaghie
Anna and Amy Smith on the ice at the Waterworks. Submitted by Mary Torney, Belfast
Hoarfrost on hogweed at River Bann at Gilford, County Down. Submitted by Ken Stewart. Lurgan
At the giants ring. Submitted by Geoff McConaghie
Under the Minnowburn Bridge. Submitted by Geoff McConaghie
Tildarg from Collin Mountain. Submitted by William McCullough, Glenwherry
While in our car. Coleraine Mountain Rd, Londonderry
A robin in the winter sun. Submitted by Derek Laverty, Lisburn
Strabane Lifford border. Submitted by Stephen Hogg, Ballymagorry
Banks of the River Foyle. Submitted by Stephen Hogg, Ballymagorry
Feed our feathered friends. Submitted by Derek Laverty, Lisburn
The best way to keep warm. Submitted by Derek Laverty, Lisburn
Foyle Railway, Londonderry. Submitted by Stephen Hogg, Ballymagorry
Londonderry. Submitted by Stephen Hogg, Ballymagorry
The Bann Bridge, Kilrea. Submitted by Brendan McAllister, Kilrea
The black bird has a rest. Submitted by Chrissie Carson, Dundrod
A tree on Lagan Tow Path, Lisburn. Submitted by Gary Boal
River Lagan. Submitted by Ivor Bradley, Belfast
Caption: Eoghan and Ronan, Cregagh Glen, Submitted by Bob McKeown, Belfast
Hillsborough Forest Park. Submitted by John Shaw, Lisburn
Swans and ducks in Enniskillen, Submitted by John Shaw, Lisburn
Minnowburn Bridge Belfast. Submitted by Trevor Woods
Mist rises over the hills of Dromara on Christmas morning. By Emma Bell, Dromore
Breathtaking views on a crisp Sunday walk at Murlough Bay (Jan 3rd). By Emma Bell, Dromore
Robin enjoying some hot porridge on a cold Christmas morning in Dromore. By Emma Bell, Dromore
hillsborough forest. By severine denis from france
hillsborough forest. By severine denis from france
Winter Landscape Glenravel County Antrim. By Donal O'Callaghan, Glenravel
This photograph was taken near Spelga. By Rosemary Cunningham driving to Hilltown
snow on barbed wire. By Rosemary Cunningham Spelga
Snow in the Kingdom, Co Kerry. By Éamonn ÓCeallaigh
Robin. By Paul Fryer Belfast
Looking over Belfast Lough from Loughshore Park
Looking towards Whiteabbey from Hazelbank Park
Loughshore Park looking towards Hazelbank Park, Whiteabbey
Ben, Christmas Day
The gorgeous Lime Tree Walk at the Argory in Co Armagh. By Julieann Graham The Birches
Frozen Tree. Wooden it be ice.Gransha Comber
River Lagan. By Trevor Woods
Snow on the holly. By Willie Robb Eglinton
View from Tí Chuilin Centre. By Alex Maskey. Mullaghban, Sth Armagh
View from Tí Chuilin Centre. By Alex Maskey. Mullaghban, Sth Armagh
Minnowburn Bridge Belfast. By Trevor Woods
A cold canter. By Alex Maskey, Forkhill, Sth Armagh
Tí Chuilin Centre, Sth Armagh. By Alex Maskey
Winter in the Mournes. By David Craig, Dundonald
Winter on the top of Slieve Donard. By David Craig, Dundonald
Ice on the lagan. By David Rainey
The Dark Hedges, Stranocum, Xmas Day 2009. By Stephen Thompson
Snow scenes in Co Armagh. By Alan Hopps, Markethill
Glens of Antrim. By Francis Peacocke
Golden light Broughshane. By Francis Peacocke
Abandoned house Glenariff. By Francis Peacocke
Slemish mountain. By Francis Peacocke
Antrim hills. By Francis Peacocke
Sheep lying low - Broughshane. By Francis Peacocke
Frosty Botanic Gardens, Belfast. By Brian Hamilton
Andrew and Hannah. By Colin McAuley, Lisburn
Robin Near Newforge Lane. By Don Anderson, Belfast
Sheep orange hill tobermore. By Rod Mulholland.Tobermore.
No chance of fly fishing at Hillsborough lake!. By Ali Boyd, Hillsborough
Slieve Croob. By Toby McBrien
Mourne Mountains by Stephen Black
Mourne Mountains by Stephen Black
Mourne Mountains by Stephen Black
Mourne Mountains by Stephen Black
Mourne Mountains by Stephen Black

The big freeze maintained its grip on Northern Ireland as temperatures plunged to -9 degrees overnight.

An Arctic blast was expected to bring fresh snow today, blanketing the whole of the province and causing further misery for motorists and commuters.

Forecasters are predicting the cold snap will continue into the weekend.

Temperatures plummeted as low as -12C on Wednesday night and between two and five centimetres of snow is predicted to fall across the province today.

The sub-zero temperatures have caused travel chaos for thousands of people.

Schools in Co Down and Co Armagh were forced to close yesterday. And flights into and out of Dublin Airport were suspended as snow and ice continued to cause disruption.

City of Derry Airport remained open but passengers have been warned to check with their airlines in case of problems elsewhere. Both Belfast airports remained open but had some flights affected.

Michael Dukes, forecaster with Meteogroup, told the Belfast Telegraph the cold weather will continue today.

“There will be a fresh band of snow coming into the west which will spell trouble for the rush hour and will spread across the province,” he said.

“The front is coming in from the Atlantic so it is a different direction from the snow the province has been experiencing, which has been the north-east.

“It looks like it will give around 2-5cms across Northern Ireland tomorrow morning, which is not particularly deep, but coming at the rush hour with low temperatures spells trouble.”

The temperatures will creep up in the afternoon but will refreeze overnight.

A computer glitch, meanwhile, prevented 13,700 people in Northern Ireland getting cold weather benefits.

Thousands of people did not receive their payment on Wednesday but are being reassured by the Department for Social Development they will have it by this Tuesday. The glitch originated at the central processing centre in Norcross, England.

The people affected are in an area serviced by the Katesbridge weather station in Banbridge — close to where a new record low temperature was recorded.

Department for Social Development Minister Alex Attwood said: “It is disappointing that this mistake was made at the central processing centre in England.

“I have directed my officials in the Social Security Agency to act immediately on this issue.

“They have sought and received assurances that all measures necessary to avoid repetition of this have been taken and are continuing to monitor the situation.

“I sympathise with all those people who were awaiting their Cold Weather Payment and didn’t receive it.”

Payments will now be received by those affected by December 7.

It has also been discovered that a small number of people received outdated Cold Weather Payment cheques in the Fermanagh, Strabane and Cookstown areas.

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