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Cold comfort -- snow may look pretty but it has us shivering in our boots

Cold comfort -- snow may look pretty but it has us shivering in our boots

A family walking through a forest in the mountains overlooking Belfast in County Antrim

A family walking through a forest in the mountains overlooking Belfast in County Antrim

A young family enjoying a winter wonderland in County Antrim

A young family enjoying a winter wonderland in County Antrim

JUSTIN KERNOGHAN

Heavy Snow on the Glenshane Pass on Tuesday 28th Oct 08. Photo by Conor McDonald, Maghera

Heavy Snow on the Glenshane Pass on Tuesday 28th Oct 08. Photo by Conor McDonald, Maghera

Teenagers make the most of the snow in  the Sentry hill area of Ballymena

Teenagers make the most of the snow in the Sentry hill area of Ballymena

Paul Faith

The snow covered coastal village of Glenarm in Co Antrim

The snow covered coastal village of Glenarm in Co Antrim

Paul Faith

Snow and freezing fog conditions outside Broughshane, County Antrim

Snow and freezing fog conditions outside Broughshane, County Antrim

JUSTIN KERNOGHAN

Demand for grit rockets as the cold snap continues

Demand for grit rockets as the cold snap continues

A forest in the mountains overlooking Belfast in County Antrim

A forest in the mountains overlooking Belfast in County Antrim

JUSTIN KERNOGHAN

Passengers wait for flights

Passengers wait for flights

Livestock battle with the snow and freezing fog in County Antrim

Livestock battle with the snow and freezing fog in County Antrim

JUSTIN KERNOGHAN

Delays and cancellations of flights due to the snow in parts of England has left passengers not knowing if they were able to return home for Christmas. Above: Harry and Eleanor Davies

Delays and cancellations of flights due to the snow in parts of England has left passengers not knowing if they were able to return home for Christmas. Above: Harry and Eleanor Davies

Delays and cancellations of flights due to the snow in parts of England has left passengers not knowing if they were able to return home for Christmas.  Above: Paul and Paula Miller

Delays and cancellations of flights due to the snow in parts of England has left passengers not knowing if they were able to return home for Christmas. Above: Paul and Paula Miller

Passengers at Belfast International Airport unsure if they are able to return home for Christmas

Passengers at Belfast International Airport unsure if they are able to return home for Christmas

Sian and Tabitha Mathusamy

Sian and Tabitha Mathusamy

People enjoy the snowy weather conditions in Glasgow on December 22, 2009 in Glasgow, Scotland

People enjoy the snowy weather conditions in Glasgow on December 22, 2009 in Glasgow, Scotland

Jeff J Mitchell

Darragh Crowley (12) from the Waterside in Derry plays in the snow in St.Columb's Park

Darragh Crowley (12) from the Waterside in Derry plays in the snow in St.Columb's Park

A child attempts to get his plough moving near Aldergrove, County Antrim

A child attempts to get his plough moving near Aldergrove, County Antrim

The snow caused chaos for some, but was a chance to have fun for others

The snow caused chaos for some, but was a chance to have fun for others

A couple walk through heavy snow in Cheethams Park, Stalybridge, Cheshire

A couple walk through heavy snow in Cheethams Park, Stalybridge, Cheshire

The cold snap has left motorists facing treacherous conditions across Northern Ireland

The cold snap has left motorists facing treacherous conditions across Northern Ireland

Shannon and Joshua Willoc play in the snow in St. Columb's Park, Derry

Shannon and Joshua Willoc play in the snow in St. Columb's Park, Derry

Darragh Crowley (12) from the Waterside in Derry plays in the snow in St.Columb's Park

Darragh Crowley (12) from the Waterside in Derry plays in the snow in St.Columb's Park

Mark McFetridge enjoys the snow outside his Coleraine home

Mark McFetridge enjoys the snow outside his Coleraine home

Lyndsey McBride walks her dog ' Heidi' at Stormont

Lyndsey McBride walks her dog ' Heidi' at Stormont

10 years-ol Pablo O'Connor bounding along in his sleigh on the snow at Brooke Park, Derry

10 years-ol Pablo O'Connor bounding along in his sleigh on the snow at Brooke Park, Derry

Lorcan Doherty

Nisha Stevenson and Sophia Thomasius sleighing in the snow at Brooke Park, Derry

Nisha Stevenson and Sophia Thomasius sleighing in the snow at Brooke Park, Derry

Lorcan Doherty

Nisha Stevenson and her mum Anne McAteer sleighing in the snow at Brooke Park, Derry

Nisha Stevenson and her mum Anne McAteer sleighing in the snow at Brooke Park, Derry

A train travels through the snow near Ingatestone, Essex after a night's heavy snowfall

A train travels through the snow near Ingatestone, Essex after a night's heavy snowfall

Ian Nicholson

A horse in a field next to the River Chelmer in Essex, after heavy snow

A horse in a field next to the River Chelmer in Essex, after heavy snow

Sean Dempsey

Snow starts to fall over St Paul's Cathedral in central London last night

Snow starts to fall over St Paul's Cathedral in central London last night

Laura Henderson, south Belfast

Laura Henderson, south Belfast

Snow on the Antrim Hills in Co Antrim

Snow on the Antrim Hills in Co Antrim

Paul Faith

Up to 10 centimetres of snow has fallen in some parts of Northern Ireland causing disruption to flights and forcing the closure of some schools February 2009

Up to 10 centimetres of snow has fallen in some parts of Northern Ireland causing disruption to flights and forcing the closure of some schools February 2009

Matt Mackey

Snow on the Antrim Hills February 2009

Snow on the Antrim Hills February 2009

Paul Faith

Snow brings Northern Ireland to a stand still.  Left to right. Ciaran McMullan(6), Fiona Lenghan and Matthew O'Rourke from Carryduff pictured outside their houses playing in the snow. February 2009

Snow brings Northern Ireland to a stand still. Left to right. Ciaran McMullan(6), Fiona Lenghan and Matthew O'Rourke from Carryduff pictured outside their houses playing in the snow. February 2009

Jonathan Porter

Snow makes it hard for drivers near Hannastown February 2009

Snow makes it hard for drivers near Hannastown February 2009

Test Pix

Heavy snow blankets Marden's Hill in East Sussex

Heavy snow blankets Marden's Hill in East Sussex

Britain is braced for more freezing temperatures and snow

Britain is braced for more freezing temperatures and snow

Clearing the snow, Belfast city centre, 6/2/1963
To purchase this photograph as large format canvas or acrylic visit Belfast Telegraph page on www.niphotocanvas.co.uk

Clearing the snow, Belfast city centre, 6/2/1963 To purchase this photograph as large format canvas or acrylic visit Belfast Telegraph page on www.niphotocanvas.co.uk

Walking in the snow, Massereene Park, Antrim, 8/12/1966
To purchase this photograph as large format canvas or acrylic visit Belfast Telegraph page on www.niphotocanvas.co.uk

Walking in the snow, Massereene Park, Antrim, 8/12/1966 To purchase this photograph as large format canvas or acrylic visit Belfast Telegraph page on www.niphotocanvas.co.uk

Workers clear snow from the Gotthard across in the Swiss Alps, Monday May 18, 2009, where the highest point is 2,108 meters above sea level. The pass will be reopened on May 27, 2009, after an estimated seven weeks of cleaning works and around 220,000 tons of removed snow, according to the removal team leader.  The pass connects the German-speaking part of Switzerland with the Italian-speaking region of the country.(AP Photo/Keystone,  Urs Flueeler)

Workers clear snow from the Gotthard across in the Swiss Alps, Monday May 18, 2009, where the highest point is 2,108 meters above sea level. The pass will be reopened on May 27, 2009, after an estimated seven weeks of cleaning works and around 220,000 tons of removed snow, according to the removal team leader. The pass connects the German-speaking part of Switzerland with the Italian-speaking region of the country.(AP Photo/Keystone, Urs Flueeler)

URS FLUEELER

Boris the Barbary lion at Belfast zoo. Submitted by Lisa Shilliday. 05/02/09

Boris the Barbary lion at Belfast zoo. Submitted by Lisa Shilliday. 05/02/09

Pupils from Methodist College Belfast battle their way through the snow on the way to class

Pupils from Methodist College Belfast battle their way through the snow on the way to class

Caption:  Press Eye Ltd - Northern Ireland - 5th February  2009 ..Pupils from Methodist College Mark Walker and Michael Rogers snow ball our photographer in University Road.....Mandatory Credit -Photo by Stephen Hamilton Presseye.com.

Caption: Press Eye Ltd - Northern Ireland - 5th February 2009 ..Pupils from Methodist College Mark Walker and Michael Rogers snow ball our photographer in University Road.....Mandatory Credit -Photo by Stephen Hamilton Presseye.com.

With no worries about outlook of further snow three-year old Kenneth Moore, Greenacres, Ballyutoag, Ligoniel, admires his giant snowman in the garden of his home.   21/1/1965

With no worries about outlook of further snow three-year old Kenneth Moore, Greenacres, Ballyutoag, Ligoniel, admires his giant snowman in the garden of his home. 21/1/1965

A U.T.A. bus which was abandoned in deep snow-drifts on the main Larne-Ballymena road at Shane's Hill.   30/11/1965

A U.T.A. bus which was abandoned in deep snow-drifts on the main Larne-Ballymena road at Shane's Hill. 30/11/1965

These cars found the Belfast-Aldergrove road very tricky as they manoeuvred slowly along on the hard packed snow.   16/2/1966

These cars found the Belfast-Aldergrove road very tricky as they manoeuvred slowly along on the hard packed snow. 16/2/1966

Snow plough trying to clear the drifts blocking the main Larne-Ballymena road at Shane's Hill.    30/11/1965

Snow plough trying to clear the drifts blocking the main Larne-Ballymena road at Shane's Hill. 30/11/1965

Allister Cosby (left) and Julian Parker, both aged nine, of Downview Park, West Belfast, were out early enjoying the snow.   3/12/1966

Allister Cosby (left) and Julian Parker, both aged nine, of Downview Park, West Belfast, were out early enjoying the snow. 3/12/1966

An army of workmen went out early clearing the snow in Belfast's city centre, before the first of the office workers arrived.   6/2/1963

An army of workmen went out early clearing the snow in Belfast's city centre, before the first of the office workers arrived. 6/2/1963

First sunset of the New Year. By Candy Morrison in Newmills

First sunset of the New Year. By Candy Morrison in Newmills

Earhart Park, Derry. Christmas Day 2009.  By Robbie Hegarty

Earhart Park, Derry. Christmas Day 2009. By Robbie Hegarty

'Fenced in', Dunmurry. By  Hazel

'Fenced in', Dunmurry. By Hazel

Whiterock Co Down. By Mikeymo

Whiterock Co Down. By Mikeymo

Ballynure, Co Antrim, 5th January 2010. By Stephen Millings

Ballynure, Co Antrim, 5th January 2010. By Stephen Millings

Shrek. By Stephen Millings

Shrek. By Stephen Millings

Lady Dixon Park, Christmas Eve. By William Dunne

Lady Dixon Park, Christmas Eve. By William Dunne

Lorcan and Marley. By William Dunne

Lorcan and Marley. By William Dunne

Early on New Year's Day, Templepatrick. By Linda, Templepatrick

Early on New Year's Day, Templepatrick. By Linda, Templepatrick

Lady Dixon Park, Belfast. By William Dunne

Lady Dixon Park, Belfast. By William Dunne

New Years Day sunset, Rough Island, Comber. submitted by Rebecca, Belfast

New Years Day sunset, Rough Island, Comber. submitted by Rebecca, Belfast

Frost on Clothes Pegs on Christmas Day 09, Rathfriland, Co. Down. By John Harkness - Belfast

Frost on Clothes Pegs on Christmas Day 09, Rathfriland, Co. Down. By John Harkness - Belfast

In the Bleak Mid-Winter. By Brian Morton / Straid

In the Bleak Mid-Winter. By Brian Morton / Straid

Dairyland Road - submitted by  Brian Morton, Straid

Dairyland Road - submitted by Brian Morton, Straid

Dundrum Beach, Co Down. Boxing Day 2009. By S McHugh

Dundrum Beach, Co Down. Boxing Day 2009. By S McHugh

New Year's Day dip at Ballyholme. By Mike Pringle, Groomsport

New Year's Day dip at Ballyholme. By Mike Pringle, Groomsport

Tobermore v Churchill United final off. By Rod Mulholland.

Tobermore v Churchill United final off. By Rod Mulholland.

New Years Day, Cushendunn. By Paul Davis from Coleraine

New Years Day, Cushendunn. By Paul Davis from Coleraine

Tom McIntyre, Hollow Farm Tandragee. By Sonia McIntyre

Tom McIntyre, Hollow Farm Tandragee. By Sonia McIntyre

Pepe. By Pauline, Ballynahinch

Pepe. By Pauline, Ballynahinch

Home. By Pauline, Ballynahinch

Home. By Pauline, Ballynahinch

Real Christmas trees,  Limavady mountain. By Paul Davis from Coleraine

Real Christmas trees, Limavady mountain. By Paul Davis from Coleraine

Marv in the back garden. By Alan Frame, Larne

Marv in the back garden. By Alan Frame, Larne

Misty Lane. By Rod Mulholland

Misty Lane. By Rod Mulholland

Moyola River, Tobermore. By Rod Mulholland

Moyola River, Tobermore. By Rod Mulholland

Nightlife in Straid. Al Richardson/Tara Morton

Nightlife in Straid. Al Richardson/Tara Morton

A great reason to go back to bed. By Stephen, Ballynure

A great reason to go back to bed. By Stephen, Ballynure

Snow patrol in Monkstown. By Harry Crowe, Monkstown, Newtownabbey

Snow patrol in Monkstown. By Harry Crowe, Monkstown, Newtownabbey

Seal takes an icy dip in the Lagan at Drumbeg, Co Down

Seal takes an icy dip in the Lagan at Drumbeg, Co Down

Sammy the Seal in Drumbeg. By Evaline Mitchell, Dunmurry

Sammy the Seal in Drumbeg. By Evaline Mitchell, Dunmurry

Tobermore village. By Rod Mulholland

Tobermore village. By Rod Mulholland

Cold comfort -- snow may look pretty but it has us shivering in our boots

Northern Ireland Water has warned that someone could lose their life after a car was spotted driving on the frozen surface of one of its reservoirs.

The company has put up signs warning people to stop playing on Lough Fea impounding reservoir in the Sperrin Mountains and has enlisted the help of the PSNI, visiting the the site to warn people off the ice.

But the company says it is unable to completely restrict access to the site and is relying on the public to realise they are putting themselves at serious risk.

Charlie Gallagher, head of water supply at NI Water, said: “People assume the ice over the lough is thick enough to play on. However, the ice could be thin in places and as we draw off water.”

Belfast Telegraph