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Snow showers herald cold snap for Northern Ireland

by claire cromie

Parts of Northern Ireland were hit by snow on Tuesday morning as autumn turned decidedly wintry.

There were snow showers overnight across the Belfast and Castlereagh hills, with the Sperrin mountains catching most of the white stuff.

Photographers Colm Lenaghan and Martin McKenna rose at the break of dawn to capture the beautiful scenes in the countryside.

But as the weather system that brought on the early snowfall moves south, we are set for a windy, rainy night on Tuesday.

Heavy and squally showers are due to spread down from the northwest, with some sleet over the Sperrins,  according to the Met Office.

West or northwesterly gales will develop along the north coast.

Wednesday is set to be cold and windy with scattered showers and some snow on the Mournes. Exposed northern and eastern coasts will get northwesterly gales.

But the strong winds will ease later in the week, with some dry and bright spells and overnight frost.

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