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Horses on the Divis Ridge Trail during the icy weather on Monday. Pic: Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph

Horses on the Divis Ridge Trail during the icy weather on Monday. Pic: Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph

Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph

Cows on the Divis Ridge Trail during the icy weather on Monday. Pic: Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph

Cows on the Divis Ridge Trail during the icy weather on Monday. Pic: Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph

Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph

Walkers enjoying the frosty morning on the path leading through Lady Dixon Park. Pic Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph

Walkers enjoying the frosty morning on the path leading through Lady Dixon Park. Pic Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph

Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph

Walkers on Divis Mountain, Belfast

Walkers on Divis Mountain, Belfast

White fallow deer on a cold frosty morning at Parkanaur Forest Dungannon in Northern Ireland. Pic Kevin Scott

White fallow deer on a cold frosty morning at Parkanaur Forest Dungannon in Northern Ireland. Pic Kevin Scott

Kevin Scott

The sunrise on a cold frosty morning at Parkanaur Forest Dungannon in Northern Ireland. Pic Kevin Scott

The sunrise on a cold frosty morning at Parkanaur Forest Dungannon in Northern Ireland. Pic Kevin Scott

Kevin Scott

White fallow deer on a cold frosty morning at Parkanaur Forest Dungannon in Northern Ireland. Pic Kevin Scott

White fallow deer on a cold frosty morning at Parkanaur Forest Dungannon in Northern Ireland. Pic Kevin Scott

Kevin Scott

In England, a jay skips through the snow in Kielder Forest

In England, a jay skips through the snow in Kielder Forest

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A donkey on Divis Mountain, Belfast

A donkey on Divis Mountain, Belfast

Drivers  as Snow Fall on the Divis Road on the Outskirts of Belfast , With Snow falling across parts of Northern Ireland 
Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker 8/12/2014

Drivers as Snow Fall on the Divis Road on the Outskirts of Belfast , With Snow falling across parts of Northern Ireland Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker 8/12/2014

New year pursuit: get out and run

New year pursuit: get out and run

Walking the dog as Snow Fall on the Divis Road on the Outskirts of Belfast , With Snow falling across parts of Northern Ireland 
Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker 8/12/2014

Walking the dog as Snow Fall on the Divis Road on the Outskirts of Belfast , With Snow falling across parts of Northern Ireland Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker 8/12/2014

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Bin Men   as Snow Fall on the Divis Road on the Outskirts of Belfast , With Snow falling across parts of Northern Ireland 
Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

Pacemaker Press 8/12/2014 Bin Men as Snow Fall on the Divis Road on the Outskirts of Belfast , With Snow falling across parts of Northern Ireland Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

Snow Fall on the Divis Road on the Outskirts of Belfast , With Snow falling across parts of Northern Ireland 
Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker  8/12/2014

Snow Fall on the Divis Road on the Outskirts of Belfast , With Snow falling across parts of Northern Ireland Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker 8/12/2014

Runners as Snow Fall on the Divis Road on the Outskirts of Belfast , With Snow falling across parts of Northern Ireland 
Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker 8/12/2014

Runners as Snow Fall on the Divis Road on the Outskirts of Belfast , With Snow falling across parts of Northern Ireland Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker 8/12/2014

A walker  as Snow Fall on the Divis Road on the Outskirts of Belfast , With Snow falling across parts of Northern Ireland 
Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker 8/12/2014

A walker as Snow Fall on the Divis Road on the Outskirts of Belfast , With Snow falling across parts of Northern Ireland Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker 8/12/2014

A young sheep finds a bit of shelter in among the rushes. Livestock in the Tildarg road area of Kells as the snow starts to lie.
Pic. Stephen Hamilton / Press Eye.  December 8 2014

A young sheep finds a bit of shelter in among the rushes. Livestock in the Tildarg road area of Kells as the snow starts to lie. Pic. Stephen Hamilton / Press Eye. December 8 2014

Livestock in the Tildarg road area of Kells as the snow starts to lie.
Pic. Stephen Hamilton / Press Eye December 8, 2014

Livestock in the Tildarg road area of Kells as the snow starts to lie. Pic. Stephen Hamilton / Press Eye December 8, 2014

Livestock in the Tildarg road area of Kells as the snow starts to lie.
Pic. Stephen Hamilton / Press Eye. December 8, 2014

Livestock in the Tildarg road area of Kells as the snow starts to lie. Pic. Stephen Hamilton / Press Eye. December 8, 2014

Livestock in the Tildarg road area of Kells as the snow starts to lie.
Pic. Stephen Hamilton / Press Eye. December 8 2014

Livestock in the Tildarg road area of Kells as the snow starts to lie. Pic. Stephen Hamilton / Press Eye. December 8 2014

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Horses on the Divis Ridge Trail during the icy weather on Monday. Pic: Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph

Winter properly arrived in Northern Ireland with the first real snow of the season yesterday.

While higher ground saw snow - Belfast's hills got a dusting - many low-lying areas experienced sleet, rain and bracing winds.

The Met Office had issued a weather warning for snow across Northern Ireland from Sunday until midday on Monday.

However, while there was the usual disruption associated with deteriorating conditions, many just took the opportunity to enjoy the change of scenery.

Hearty runners took to Divis Mountain for some exercise while others threw on extra layers for a more casual stroll.

For the rest of the week, it may be a case of battening down the hatches.

The Met Office put out a yellow warning for wind from today, with the worst expected tomorrow.

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Forecasters are warning of severe gales across the province from this evening until early on Thursday.

Winds of between 60mph and 70mph are expected.

They have advised the public to be aware of travel disruption and the possibility of power supplies being cut because of the storm.

The Met Office has also said waves will be "unusually high" during the period with a chance of localised flooding in northern coastal areas.

Wintry showers could also lead to "significant" snow in higher areas once again.

The police have advised people to take care on the roads and to be aware of possible icy patches.

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A man walks on the Divis Road on the outskirts of the city

A man walks on the Divis Road on the outskirts of the city

A man walks on the Divis Road on the outskirts of the city

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