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Thursday 30 July 2015

We'll freeze until Boxing Day

Published 21/12/2010 | 08:19

Evelyn McCullough - Arctic conditions in Portstewart
Evelyn McCullough - Arctic conditions in Portstewart
David McFarland of Dollingstown... Lurgan Castle
David Fenning Lisburn Leisureplex
Scott Campbell Greenisland ...My bro spent his 22nd birthday building this 8ft snowman!
Roy Mallusk Snow fields
Roy Mallusk Snow field
Pauline Wilson ... Snowing at dusk in Coleraine
Pauline Wilson ... snowy bridge, Coleraine
Pauline Wilson .. Coleraine
Patricia Mackey, Newtownards ...Movilla Cemetery
Emma, Keira and Jamie Goldring. Helen's Bay...igloo
Martin Vinall Bangor Abbey
Kieran Monaghan, Glengormley A lone shopper braves the journey home
Kevin McConnell, Crumlin ... the snowman we built in our street
Ian Graham Belfast ... squirrel taking shelter & stocking up on nuts
Terry Irvine Ballyclare... Sixmile sunset
Steph & Katie
Stacey Dougan, Richhill, Co. Armagh ...View from top of Maynooth Road Richhill
David and Molly Fenning Lisburn
Feldore McHugh, Belfast Botanic Gardens
Chrissie Carson - Dundrod... Winter scene
Chrissie Carson - Dundrod ... Little Bird
Chloe age 11 from Donaghadee...Alfie and Tacey the snow people
Brian Portadown Sunset at Bann Meadows
Brian Portadown Sunset at Bann Meadows
Bill Corr, Belfast
Avril Hughes, Lisburn ...photographs of the snow on the river Lagan towpath at Lambeg
Avril Hughes, Lisburn ...photographs of the snow on the river Lagan towpath at Lambeg 4
Avril Hughes, Lisburn ...photographs of the snow on the river Lagan towpath at Lambeg 3
Avril Hughes, Lisburn ...photographs of the snow on the river Lagan towpath at Lambeg 2
Arlene Barton, Aghagallon...school's out for winter
Adam Krauza Belfast Castle
Gerry, Sloan ... The Big Fish at Donegall Quay. Belfast
Gavin McVeigh Mallusk
Gavin from Mallusk ... Grays Lane Mallusk
Gary, Castlereagh. Merry Chrstmas
Gary, Castlereagh, icicles
G Morrow's icicles
Feldore McHugh, Belfast's Botanic Gardens
Evelyn McCullough - Portstewart Narnia
David Rainey, Belfast ...The tallest snowman in Belfast
Tele readers' winter pics
Hazardous conditions on the roads as freezing temperatures and snow continues across Northern Ireland
The worst wintry weather in decades has swept across Ireland and Northern Ireland
Families enjoying the heavy snowfall in the grounds of Stormont in Belfast
Belfast City Airport: Travel plans were thrown into chaos because of the bad weather.
Christmas shoppers battle through a heavy snow storm in Belfast city centre
Christmas shoppers battle through a heavy snow storm in Belfast
Alan Lewis - PhotopressBelfast.co.uk 16/12/2010Mandatory Credit - Picture by Justin KernoghanChristmas shoppers battle through a heavy snow storm in Belfast city centre this evening.Northern Ireland is braced for another spell of severe wintry weather, with heavy snow forecast to fall right across the country on Friday.The Met Office has issued a weather warning which will be in force from noon today.More heavy snow showers are expected over the weekend.Northern Ireland has seen some of the most severe December weather for many years with more than 700 schools forced to close because of snow.
Christmas shoppers battle through a heavy snow storm in Belfast city centre
Rod Mulholland. Tobermore church of Ireland. Dec 2010
Ballymena town centre on Thursday afternoon as snow returned to Northern Ireland
Darrell & Shirley Monteith, Seskinore Winter in Tyrone. Dec 2010
Darrell & Shirley Monteith, Seskinore Winter in Tyrone. Dec 2010
Darrell & Shirley Monteith, Seskinore Winter in Tyrone. Dec 2010
Darrell & Shirley Monteith, Seskinore Winter in Tyrone. Dec 2010
Darrell & Shirley Monteith, Seskinore Winter in Tyrone. Dec 2010
Darrell & Shirley Monteith, Seskinore. Winter in Tyrone. Dec 2010
Robert Telford .... Rays Wood, Antrim. Dec 2010
Rod Mulholland .... Tobermore church of Ireland.
Jo, Dromore Ghostly abode!
Looking through my windscreen at the ice. By Mark Johnston, Bangor. Dec 2010
Snowboarding in the Mournes. By Shagster. Dec 2010
David McKendrick's snowy Movanagher lock. Dec 2010
The Marquis of Downshire Memorial, Hillsborough by Graham Construction
Frank, from Limavady. Benone looking towards Donegal. Dec 2010
David Montgomery, Killyleagh Co. Down. Delamont Country Park at Sunset. Dec 2010
sterling newtownabbeyCaption: frosty afternoonYour email: roy36@hotmail.co.uk
Frosty afternoon by Roy. Dec 2010
Newtownabbey frosted web Roy. Dec 2010
Having fun when their school is closed, Matthew and Owen Irvine, Maghaberry. Dec 2010
Gavin Miskelly, Darragh Cross, Mourne Mountains, Co. Down
Alison Lynas... Wacky Races at Burntollet Bridge
Santa arrives in Derry early by Gary Nash. Dec 2010
My son Martin and snowman. By Jackie in Crumlin
Donemana by Isobel Brown. Dec 2010
Emma Carson, Garrison, County Fermanagh .... Max the dog is ready for a snowball fight
Paul in Belfast ....The Silent Courtyard, Farnham Estate, Cavan. Dec 2010
Paul in Belfast ... Frozen Steps, Farnham Estate, Cavan
Paul in Belfast ... The White Garden, Farnham Estate, Cavan. Dec 2010
Frosty afternoon Templepatrick. By Roy. Dec 2010
Brian, Portadown: River Bann 7/12/10
Knockagh monument...by Ttim, Carrickfergus
Carole, Banbridge .... Home from school!
Garden Carwood Ave. Our Stephanie by Mervyn Ellis
Killygullen Lisnaskea. Taken by Eleanor Kerr
Brian McCalden, Glengormley ... Horses Glebe Road
Brian McCalden... Horses Glebe Road Glengormely
Tim, Carrickfergus ... Portrush harbour
Niall McCaughan. Cannons on the Derry Walls
Chess on the Lawn, Farnham Estate, Cavan by Paul in Belfast
Julie-Anne and Noel enjoying our Tenth Wedding anniversary at the Sleive Donard
Co Tyrone.... lovin it. Submitted by Ann. Dec 2010
Tropical palm in Portrush. By Jean Elliott
Coolnasillagh, Co. Derry. By Joe O'Kane
Paula Cuesta from Segovia assists with Winter Graduation arrangements at Queen's. Picture by Barbara Groves
The Cave Hill by Bill Corr
On the hill...by Bill Corr, Belfast
Hello Snow!...by Jean Elliott, Portrush
Fog over Belfast...by Bill Corr
Belfast Castle. Picture by Bill Corr
The Mourne Mountains, by Yvonne
Dawn on the wing, Belfast International Airport...by Steven Braiden
A red deer stag crosses the road as it comes down from the hills to the River Clunie near Braemar to forage for food as snow continues to cover much of the UK.
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

Travel misery is likely to blight the UK until after Christmas, with the long-awaited thaw not expected until Boxing Day.



Forecasters predict sub-zero temperatures will persist over the coming days, hampering efforts to free up Britain's frozen transport network.

The travel plans for many thousands of people are already in ruins, with airport operator BAA warning that Heathrow faces more delays and cancellations until potentially beyond Christmas Day.

There is no immediate respite in sight with temperatures in Northern Ireland again expected to drop to lows of -15 Celsius overnight and forecasters predicting the icy conditions will last for the rest of the week.

Growing frustration at how the statutory agencies have dealt with the wintry weather has led to calls for a special task force to be created in Northern Ireland to deal with gritting.



At Gatwick Airport, planes were grounded until 6am today as Britain continued to suffer from the big freeze.

There were also warnings of more long queues for Eurostar passengers at St Pancras station in London, after thousands were forced to wait for up to eight hours yesterday in bitterly cold weather.

Last night first-aiders from St John Ambulance were sent in as a precaution while people shivered in lines that stretched around the terminal building.

Drivers face widespread icy roads today, with temperatures expected to fall to -17C in the north of England overnight, and parts of the south dropping to -8C.

Transport Secretary Philip Hammond relaxed the rules on night flights yesterday in a bid to ease the passenger backlog at Heathrow.

The Government has agreed to relax night flights, allowing for arrivals until 1am until Christmas. And flights into London will be allowed to operate 24 hours a day.

But despite the moves, the airport was likely to operate at a reduced capacity until Friday, Mr Hammond said.

In a statement, BAA said: "Passengers should anticipate further delays and cancellations in the following days and potentially beyond Christmas Day.

It added that "significant cancellations" would extend into at least tomorrow, telling passengers to keep away from terminals unless they knew for sure their flight was operating.

The airport's second runway continued to be on shutdown today.

Many areas of the airfield "will not be usable until Wednesday morning at the earliest", the operator said.

At Gatwick 150 staff were working to clear snow and de-ice the planes overnight in the hope of reopening later today.

The big freeze has not only affected those trying to leave the UK by air.

After yesterday's half mile-long queues at St Pancras, Eurostar urged people to only come to the station if they had a confirmed booking for travel today.

"Thank you for your patience," the operator added.

The UK's roads and rail network has also been badly hit.

Giving a statement to the Commons yesterday, Mr Hammond said disruption was "inevitable" given the severity of the weather conditions and that the transport system would "struggle to recover" in the days leading up to Christmas with more poor weather expected.

The strategic road network and rail network have performed "broadly satisfactorily", he said.

But he appeared to take a swipe at the reaction of BAA.

"The experience at airports, and Heathrow in particular, has however been different," the Transport Secretary said.

Speaking later on BBC News, he said airport operators had a "responsibility to make things work better".

Mr Hammond added: "Things did not go well at Heathrow, there's absolutely no getting away from that."

Yesterday, BAA announced that it was unable to accept any more people in the "extremely congested" Terminals 1 and 3.

The airport operator apologised to customers, but defended its reaction to the adverse conditions.

"Our staff are working around the clock to do everything they can to help," it said.

BAA chief executive Colin Matthews has promised a thorough investigation into events at Heathrow.

"When we have got every passenger and every bag where they want to be, we will crawl all over this incident to find out everything that we should learn from it," he told Channel 4 News.

"If we need to spend money on new equipment, we will do so."

Forecasters believe the end of the big freeze is in sight, with the long-awaited thaw expected to begin on Boxing Day.

Paul Mott, forecaster at MeteoGroup, the Press Association's weather division, said today should be a dry day for much of the country, but it was unlikely that the mercury would climb sufficiently to ensure a thaw.

"There will be no melting over the next few days, but we will see milder weather after Christmas. And by December 27, there should be significant thawing," he said.

British Airways said it was suffering significant disruption to its flights in and out of Heathrow.

The airline said: "With the second runway at the airport not being available due to the continuing poor weather we have had to make a significant number of cancellations, especially to our short-haul programme.

"We are extremely sorry for the inconvenience. Our staff are doing everything they can to help you."

Eurostar said it was running a restricted service due to the continued bad weather.

"We are asking all customers booked to travel before Christmas to refund or exchange their tickets free of charge, if their travel is not essential," the cross-channel operator said.

Queues of Eurostar passengers were already building up at St Pancras today.

The coldest temperature in the UK overnight was in Crosby, Merseyside, which sunk to minus 17.6C (0.3F).

Shap in Cumbria recorded minus 15.4C (4F), along with Capel Curig in north Wales.

It was similar temperature at Tyndrum in the Scottish Highlands.

Central London saw a much milder night, with the mercury hovering just above 0C (32F).

Gatwick safely reopened its runway at 6am, and the first departure was a Monarch flight to Innsbruck which took off at 6.06am.

Passengers should expect further disruption today, with delays and cancellations inevitable, Gatwick said.

Passengers planning to travel through Gatwick today, and for the rest of the week, should check the flight status on their airline's website first and only make their way to the airport if their flight has been confirmed.

Flight information is also available on the Gatwick website at www.gatwickairport.com and regular updates will appear on Twitter @Gatwick-Airport.

Six hundred flights are scheduled at Gatwick today, and around 100,000 passengers are expected to travel through the airport.

Blizzards take toll on Ulster's roads

Sub-zero temperatures have left Northern Ireland’s roads in their worst condition in a quarter of a century, according to the Roads Service.

Colin Brown, the Roads Service NI Network manager, said the cold spell produced “the worst prolonged conditions” he had seen in 25 years.

“It's very dangerous — there's now a carpet of snow on top of a frozen surface, so it's like a three-layer scenario,” Mr Brown said.

“Forecasts are indicating the sub-zero temperatures are set to continue until Christmas and we would appeal to drivers over the holiday period to slow down and drive carefully. Staff will be continuing to work over the Christmas period to try and keep the main network open.”

The Met Office expected the minimum temperature last night to fall to -15C. All main roads across Northern Ireland are passable but with care.

On many roads lane widths are restricted and in Armagh snow and slush is common between wheel-tracks even on main roads. Private plough contractors have been deployed in the north and in the Maghera and Glenshane Pass area to provide additional resources to remove snow from roads.

In Fermanagh, the south-east of the county is the worst affected. Main roads are accessible with care but hilly roads are impassable.

The road conditions have also severely disrupted the bus network, particularly Ulsterbus services, many of which have been cancelled.

In Belfast Metro services are operating via main roads only and have experienced severe delays.

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