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Weather alert: Snow and ice expected across Northern Ireland as Met Office issues warning

Published 18/02/2016

PACEMAKER BELFAST 16/02/2016
Sheep in the Snow on the outskirts of Dromara, Co Down with Snow falling on parts of Down and Antrim.
Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 16/02/2016 Sheep in the Snow on the outskirts of Dromara, Co Down with Snow falling on parts of Down and Antrim. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
Sheep jump over a stream in a field near Dundrod as parts of Northern Ireland woke up to a blanket of snow
Trees laden with snow

These 'woolly jumpers' are ready for a cold snap that will see freezing temperatures continue.

The sheep, photographed in Dundrod, Co Antrim, were not the only ones to get a visit from Jack Frost in the middle of the night, with many of us waking up to a crisp white blanket of snow.

And with more bad weather to come, it is again time to don hats and scarves as snow and ice is expected all over Northern Ireland as the week continues.

The Met Office has issued a yellow warning, particularly for those on higher grounds, with snow possibly meaning treacherous driving conditions and delays at airports and ferry ports.

Those in the worst hit areas should allow more time for travel.

Clear spells and occasional showers are expected to affect Northern Ireland and western parts of Scotland, after which showers will fall as a mixture of rain, sleet and snow, giving a covering of snow in places, especially on ground above 200 metres.

Temperatures will fall to below freezing in most areas, so there is a risk of ice forming on untreated surfaces.

Expect to see gritters on the roads over the coming days.

Lurgan Park covered in Snow as Sam rugby tackled his attempt at a snow man on January 30 2016 (Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye)
Lurgan Park covered in Snow as Sam rugby tackled his attempt at a snow man on January 30 2016 (Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye)
Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye Lurgan , UK - January 30th, Pictured is Lurgan Park covered in Snow as Sam rugby tacked his attempt at a snow man on the 30th January 2016 (Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye)
Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye Lurgan , UK - January 30th, Pictured is Lurgan Park covered in Snow as dad Elvis enjoys some time with children Ealiyah and Ealizah on the 30th January 2016 (Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye)
Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye Lurgan , UK - January 30th, Pictured is Lurgan Park covered in Snow as dogs Marley and Sampson enjoy a run on the 30th January 2016 (Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye)
Pacemaker press 30/01/16 Sheep try to stay warm after a dusting of snow covers the ground around Loughgiel in Co Antrim. Picture Pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 30/01/16 Sheep try to stay warm after a dusting of snow covers the ground around Loughgiel in Co Antrim. Picture Pacemaker press
Draperstown, Co Londonderry. Pic Hugh McCloy
Pacemaker press 30/01/16 Sheep try to stay warm after a dusting of snow covers the ground around Loughgiel in Co Antrim. Picture Pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 30/01/16 Sheep try to stay warm after a dusting of snow covers the ground around Loughgiel in Co Antrim. Picture Pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 30/01/16 A Chaffinch fluffs it's feathers to stay warm after an over night dusting of snow covers the ground around Loughgiel in Co Antrim. Picture Pacemaker press
Snow falling Moira, Co Down. Pic Kim Diver
Little four month pup Daisy enjoys the snow in Moira
Snow falling Moira, Co Down. Pic Kim Diver
Slieve Gallion on Saturday morning. Pic Hugh McCloy
USA: A bulldozer clears snow on the East Front of the U.S. Capitol January 23, 2016 in Washington, DC. Heavy snow continued to fall in the Mid-Atlantic region causing "life-threatening blizzard conditions" and affecting millions of people. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images
WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 24: A snowplow clears snow in front of the U.S. Capitol on January 24, 2016 in Washington, DC. The blizzard that has brought massive snowfall and a standstill to the East Coast and the Mid Atlantic region has stopped. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
People walk on Pennsylvania Avenue in near whiteout conditions in Washington on January 23, 2016. A deadly blizzard walloped the eastern United States on Saturday, paralyzing Washington and New York under a heavy blanket of snow as officials warned millions of people to remain indoors until the storm eases up. / AFP / MANDEL NGANMANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images
People participate in a giant snowball fights in Dupont Circle in Washington on January 24, 2016. Snowball fights have become a tradition after every major snow storm in the Nation's Capital. A massive blizzard that claimed at least 16 lives in the eastern United States finally appeared to be winding down Sunday, giving snowbound residents the chance to begin digging out. AFP / Olivier DoulieryOLIVIER DOULIERY/AFP/Getty Images

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