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From weather bomb to meteor showers: spectacular display of shooting stars and more snow for Northern Ireland

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Snow lies on the hills in Glengormley

Snow lies on the hills in Glengormley

Isla Johnston (3) from Carrickfergus builds a snowman

Isla Johnston (3) from Carrickfergus builds a snowman

Snow lies on the hills in Carrickfergus

Snow lies on the hills in Carrickfergus

Jamie Dill from Greenisland pictured walking his dog Jodie

Jamie Dill from Greenisland pictured walking his dog Jodie

Fire fighters working to secure a house close to the cliff on Strand Road in Portstewart

Fire fighters working to secure a house close to the cliff on Strand Road in Portstewart

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National Trust members clearing damage of the beach at Portstewart Strand

National Trust members clearing damage of the beach at Portstewart Strand

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Onlookers record the weather  in Portstewart  with heavy winds hitting parts  across the North Coast in Northern Ireland 
Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

Onlookers record the weather in Portstewart with heavy winds hitting parts across the North Coast in Northern Ireland Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

Fire fighters working to secure a house close to the cliff on Strand Road in Portstewart. Pic Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph

Fire fighters working to secure a house close to the cliff on Strand Road in Portstewart. Pic Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph

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Rocks that struck windows and cars on the main street close to Portstewart harbour

Rocks that struck windows and cars on the main street close to Portstewart harbour

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Mum Stephanie with children  Fionnan, Alicia, Lara Hodge walking home from school in the rain close to Portstewart harbour. Pic Kevin Scott

Mum Stephanie with children Fionnan, Alicia, Lara Hodge walking home from school in the rain close to Portstewart harbour. Pic Kevin Scott

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A car on the peer of Portstewart surrounded by water

A car on the peer of Portstewart surrounded by water

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Flooding at the play park in Portstewart

Flooding at the play park in Portstewart

A photographer snaps a giant wave at Portrush

A photographer snaps a giant wave at Portrush

Christopher McCaughan in Ballycastle Harbour  with his dog biscuit

Christopher McCaughan in Ballycastle Harbour with his dog biscuit

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Damage caused to Harry's Shack

Damage caused to Harry's Shack

Inside the cafe at the beach along the promenade in Portstewart. Pic Margaret McLaughlin

Inside the cafe at the beach along the promenade in Portstewart. Pic Margaret McLaughlin

Scene of destruction by the sea at the Strand beach in Portstewart. Pic Margaret McLaughlin

Scene of destruction by the sea at the Strand beach in Portstewart. Pic Margaret McLaughlin

Weather bomb floods the promenade in Portstewart. Pic Margaret McLaughlin

Weather bomb floods the promenade in Portstewart. Pic Margaret McLaughlin

Weather bomb floods the promenade cafe in Portstewart. Pic Margaret McLaughlin

Weather bomb floods the promenade cafe in Portstewart. Pic Margaret McLaughlin

The Play park in Portstewart  is flooded after heavy winds hitting parts  across the North Coast in Northern Ireland 
Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

The Play park in Portstewart is flooded after heavy winds hitting parts across the North Coast in Northern Ireland Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

Weather bomb floods the promenade cafe in Portstewart. Pic Margaret McLaughlin

Weather bomb floods the promenade cafe in Portstewart. Pic Margaret McLaughlin

The Play park in Portstewart  is flooded after heavy winds hitting parts  across the North Coast in Northern Ireland 
Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

The Play park in Portstewart is flooded after heavy winds hitting parts across the North Coast in Northern Ireland Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

Damage caused to Harry's Shack  in Portstewart  which  flooded after heavy winds hitting parts  across the North Coast in Northern Ireland 
Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

Damage caused to Harry's Shack in Portstewart which flooded after heavy winds hitting parts across the North Coast in Northern Ireland Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

A rubber duckie turned up on Portstewart Strand after a tidal surge. Pic Twitter/@PStrandNT

A rubber duckie turned up on Portstewart Strand after a tidal surge. Pic Twitter/@PStrandNT

High seas in Portstewart. Pic Margaret McLaughlin

High seas in Portstewart. Pic Margaret McLaughlin

Portstewart Strand suffers damage in the storm. Pic Twitter/@PStrandNT

Portstewart Strand suffers damage in the storm. Pic Twitter/@PStrandNT

The playpark is submerged at Portstewart. Pic Portstewart Prom

The playpark is submerged at Portstewart. Pic Portstewart Prom

High seas in Portstewart. Pic Margaret McLaughlin

High seas in Portstewart. Pic Margaret McLaughlin

A dog named Ted runs along the beach on December 10, 2014 in Blackpool, United Kingdom. High winds and large waves hit the North West Coast of the UK and Ireland today.  (Photo by Nigel Roddis/Getty Images)

A dog named Ted runs along the beach on December 10, 2014 in Blackpool, United Kingdom. High winds and large waves hit the North West Coast of the UK and Ireland today. (Photo by Nigel Roddis/Getty Images)

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Portstewart play park flooded. Pic Twitter/@Ilovenorthcoast

Portstewart play park flooded. Pic Twitter/@Ilovenorthcoast

The tide floods the road into Benone Beach. Pic Alan Robinson

The tide floods the road into Benone Beach. Pic Alan Robinson

Big waves at Portstewart. Pic Derek Toms

Big waves at Portstewart. Pic Derek Toms

A car drives along Seaview road as waves crash over on December 9, 2014 in Saltcoats ,Scotland. The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for the next forty eight hours as high winds start to build ahead of an Atlantic storm due tomorrow.  (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

A car drives along Seaview road as waves crash over on December 9, 2014 in Saltcoats ,Scotland. The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for the next forty eight hours as high winds start to build ahead of an Atlantic storm due tomorrow. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

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A car drives along Seaview road as waves crash over the promenade on December 9, 2014 in Saltcoats ,Scotland. The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for the next forty eight hours as high winds start to build ahead of an Atlantic storm due tomorrow.  (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

A car drives along Seaview road as waves crash over the promenade on December 9, 2014 in Saltcoats ,Scotland. The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for the next forty eight hours as high winds start to build ahead of an Atlantic storm due tomorrow. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

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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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Snow lies on the hills in Glengormley

Days after a weather bomb sent high winds and heavy showers sweeping across northern parts of the UK, Northern Ireland is facing more snow as forecasters warned of wintry showers even at low levels.

Temperatures were due to plunge as low as -4C overnight in the notorious frost hollow of Katesbridge, Co Down, while snow was expected to blanket much of the northern part of the province.

Forecasters MeteoGroup said a front of wintry showers would push south today followed by milder air and this morning would see a mixture of snow, rain and sleet.

The weather is expected to turn milder this evening as cold, patchy rain spreads from the Atlantic, followed by more patchy rain tomorrow morning, which is expected to clear east during the day.

Forecaster Matt Martin said: "There is an Icelandic low just to the east of Iceland which will push through that weather front on Sunday and behind that there is going to be a cool maritime air flow, and then strong winds on the north coast.

"On Monday there will still be a few wintry showers and then on Tuesday it is back to milder weather."

On Thursday, much of Northern Ireland was affected by snow showers, particularly higher land such as Gortin, Shane's Hill, Ballycastle and Slieve Binnian, which saw drifting snow. Temperatures fell to -3C in Killylane in Co Antrim.

If it's clear, tonight could be the perfect opportunity to watch the Geminid meteor shower as it reaches its peak.

Irish Astronomical Association spokesman Terry Moseley said the shooting stars can be seen from anywhere that the sky is clear and dark.

"You'll need to be well away from cities and towns to escape the light pollution, and you should look for a site with a good clear view all round, if possible," he said.

"The number of meteors will increase as the night progresses, but the Moon will rise about midnight, so the best time to observe will be from about 10pm until midnight.

"The Geminids are the highlight of the meteor observing year, with dependably high rates, and a good percentage of really bright meteors, or fireballs.

"It is also a good opportunity to observe the International Space Station, which is making a series of passes over Ireland in the early evenings. For example, there will be a nice pass on Saturday evening starting about 6.35pm."

Belfast Telegraph


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