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Snow brought traffic chaos to the north west yesterday

Snow brought traffic chaos to the north west yesterday

Two people walk along a snow-covered Creggan Hill in Londonderry. A number of roads and bus services were affected by the adverse conditions

Two people walk along a snow-covered Creggan Hill in Londonderry. A number of roads and bus services were affected by the adverse conditions

A snow plough tries to make its way through the gridlocked roads in Derry

A snow plough tries to make its way through the gridlocked roads in Derry

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Snow brought traffic chaos to the north west yesterday

Northern Ireland is braced for a double whammy of treacherous wintry conditions as the Met Office issued a series of weather warnings following heavy snowfalls in the North West.

The snow will be followed by a deep Atlantic cyclone, bringing gales of up to 75mph.

The region was transformed into a magical land of winter beauty yesterday, which weather forecasters say is set to continue.

Children rushed home from school to build snowmen and go sledding while parents struggled with car journeys as continuous and persistent snow during the day made driving difficult.

Conditions in rural areas such as Claudy, Eglinton and the Glenshane Pass were tough, but some of the most hazardous roads to navigate were in Derry City centre and the Waterside.

Motorists fumed as 10 minute journeys took almost an hour.

Geraldine McCormick lives in the Waterside area of Londonderry but works across the Craigavon Bridge in the cityside. It normally takes 15 minutes each morning but yesterday took over an hour and left her late for work.

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She said: "I didn't realise the roads were as bad as they were and I came down Fountain Hill as I normally do, but it was terrifying because the car in front of me started sliding all over the place and I didn't know what to do.

"Thank God I managed to stay in control, but it was a crawl right down Spencer Road and across the bridge and instead of reaching work before 9am as I usually do it was after 10am, but I still wasn't the last one in. "I reckon I will try and walk home, it would probably be quicker and safer."

Monica Fee endured an equally traumatic trip home but was forced to abandon her car.

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Can you do better than this? A reader's picture from last year: Dundrod Co Antrim, submitted by Paul McFarland, Dromore.

Can you do better than this? A reader's picture from last year: Dundrod Co Antrim, submitted by Paul McFarland, Dromore.

The rural beauty of Annaclone, Co Down this morning. Pic: Paula McNeill (29/01/2015)

The rural beauty of Annaclone, Co Down this morning. Pic: Paula McNeill (29/01/2015)

Can you do better than this? Readers' snow pictures 2015: To all the sceptics, this is 100% not photoshopped. My boyfriend and I built it dodging cat poo in my garden the entire time. Submitted by Emma Hamill

Can you do better than this? Readers' snow pictures 2015: To all the sceptics, this is 100% not photoshopped. My boyfriend and I built it dodging cat poo in my garden the entire time. Submitted by Emma Hamill

Hillsborough Parish Church and Snow Topped Lisburn. Submitted by Tommy Blake. Jan 2015

Hillsborough Parish Church and Snow Topped Lisburn. Submitted by Tommy Blake. Jan 2015

Readers' snow pictures 2015: Enough snow in Belfast to make a life-size horse! Submitted by Laura

Readers' snow pictures 2015: Enough snow in Belfast to make a life-size horse! Submitted by Laura

Here is a picture of the snow dragon/ dinosaur my wife Sarah and I built on Thursday 29th January outside  the in law’s home in Carryduff, Belfast. Submitted by Ruiseal McKimm

Here is a picture of the snow dragon/ dinosaur my wife Sarah and I built on Thursday 29th January outside the in law’s home in Carryduff, Belfast. Submitted by Ruiseal McKimm

Readers' winter pictures 2015 - Myself and two friends took advantage of the recent snowfall and went for a hike in the Mourne Mountains. It was a stunning landscape. I shot this image as we were coming off Pierce's Castle 495m. I have aptly named it 'Frozen Landscape'. - David J Campbell. Twitter handle: @Photodave109

Readers' winter pictures 2015 - Myself and two friends took advantage of the recent snowfall and went for a hike in the Mourne Mountains. It was a stunning landscape. I shot this image as we were coming off Pierce's Castle 495m. I have aptly named it 'Frozen Landscape'. - David J Campbell. Twitter handle: @Photodave109

Remarkable winter scenes on Benbradagh Mountain

Remarkable winter scenes on Benbradagh Mountain

Davagh forest nighttime snow mountain bike ride. Submitted by Michael Regan. Jan 29 2015

Davagh forest nighttime snow mountain bike ride. Submitted by Michael Regan. Jan 29 2015

Olaf from Frozen lives again. Pic by Michelle White.

Olaf from Frozen lives again. Pic by Michelle White.

Images from Dromore Co Down, submitted by Paul McFarland, Dromore

Images from Dromore Co Down, submitted by Paul McFarland, Dromore

Image of snow in Mayfield area of Glengormely. Submitted by Santhosh John. Jan 2015

Image of snow in Mayfield area of Glengormely. Submitted by Santhosh John. Jan 2015

Snow clings to the trees on the Cochranstown Road near Lisburn

Snow clings to the trees on the Cochranstown Road near Lisburn

A low winter sun peers over the horizon at Dundrod yesterday morning

A low winter sun peers over the horizon at Dundrod yesterday morning

A squirrel hunts for food in gardens in west Belfast

A squirrel hunts for food in gardens in west Belfast

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Dog-walkers in Stormont Estate yesterday

Dog-walkers in Stormont Estate yesterday

A horse braves the sleet and snow in Belfast

A horse braves the sleet and snow in Belfast

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Hector, a Spanish Water Dog, plays in the snow

Hector, a Spanish Water Dog, plays in the snow

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The McNeill family - twins Cathal and Caolan (3) and big sister Aoife (6) enjoy a day off school in Annaclone, Co Down. Pic: Paula McNeill (29/01/2015)

The McNeill family - twins Cathal and Caolan (3) and big sister Aoife (6) enjoy a day off school in Annaclone, Co Down. Pic: Paula McNeill (29/01/2015)

Snow sun over Annaclone Co Down this morning. Pic: Paula McNeill (29/01/2015)

Snow sun over Annaclone Co Down this morning. Pic: Paula McNeill (29/01/2015)

Thomas and Evie put their day off school to good use. Katesbridge, Co Down. Pic. Stepen Brown (29/01/2015)

Thomas and Evie put their day off school to good use. Katesbridge, Co Down. Pic. Stepen Brown (29/01/2015)

Five-year-old Jasmine with her Olaf snowman in Belfast. Pic Maggie Parker (29/01/2015)

Five-year-old Jasmine with her Olaf snowman in Belfast. Pic Maggie Parker (29/01/2015)

A touch of snow on the Coastal Path, Bangor. Pic Arlette Maginness (29/01/2015)

A touch of snow on the Coastal Path, Bangor. Pic Arlette Maginness (29/01/2015)

Shoppers and city workers get caught in the snow which fell in Belfast yesterday

Shoppers and city workers get caught in the snow which fell in Belfast yesterday

Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph

Four-year-old Anna from Carryduff enjoying an afternoon in the snow. Pic. Claire Scarborough (28/01/2015)

Four-year-old Anna from Carryduff enjoying an afternoon in the snow. Pic. Claire Scarborough (28/01/2015)

Shoppers and city workers get caught in the snow which fell in Belfast yesterday

Shoppers and city workers get caught in the snow which fell in Belfast yesterday

Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph

Shoppers and city workers get caught in the snow which fell in Belfast yesterday

Shoppers and city workers get caught in the snow which fell in Belfast yesterday

Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph

Shoppers and city workers get caught in the snow which fell in Belfast yesterday

Shoppers and city workers get caught in the snow which fell in Belfast yesterday

Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph

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Snow on the A1 dual carriageway near Newry, as an orange weather alert is announced in Northern Ireland. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday January 28, 2015. A cold weather front is to sweep in with temperatures expected to drop as much as 10C to below zero overnight into Thursday. See PA story WEATHER Cold. Photo credit should read: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Snow on the A1 dual carriageway near Newry, as an orange weather alert is announced in Northern Ireland. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday January 28, 2015. A cold weather front is to sweep in with temperatures expected to drop as much as 10C to below zero overnight into Thursday. See PA story WEATHER Cold. Photo credit should read: Niall Carson/PA Wire

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Sheep in the snow in the Glens of Antrim, as an orange weather alert is announced in Northern Ireland. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday January 28, 2015. A cold weather front is to sweep in with temperatures expected to drop as much as 10C to below zero overnight into Thursday. See PA story WEATHER Cold. Photo credit should read: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Sheep in the snow in the Glens of Antrim, as an orange weather alert is announced in Northern Ireland. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday January 28, 2015. A cold weather front is to sweep in with temperatures expected to drop as much as 10C to below zero overnight into Thursday. See PA story WEATHER Cold. Photo credit should read: Niall Carson/PA Wire

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Snow in the Glens of Antrim, as an orange weather alert is announced in Northern Ireland. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday January 28, 2015. A cold weather front is to sweep in with temperatures expected to drop as much as 10C to below zero overnight into Thursday. See PA story WEATHER Cold. Photo credit should read: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Snow in the Glens of Antrim, as an orange weather alert is announced in Northern Ireland. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday January 28, 2015. A cold weather front is to sweep in with temperatures expected to drop as much as 10C to below zero overnight into Thursday. See PA story WEATHER Cold. Photo credit should read: Niall Carson/PA Wire

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Little 16-month-old Clara has fun as she gets her first glimpse of the snow and takes her first steps in the winter wonderland in Limavady. Pic. Hannah McCausland 13/01/2015

Little 16-month-old Clara has fun as she gets her first glimpse of the snow and takes her first steps in the winter wonderland in Limavady. Pic. Hannah McCausland 13/01/2015

Spring is just around the corner. Lambeg Pic: George Wills 25/01/2015

Spring is just around the corner. Lambeg Pic: George Wills 25/01/2015

A snowy scene taken through a bus window while travelling home to Co. Tyrone. 18/01/2015 Pic. Feldore McHugh

A snowy scene taken through a bus window while travelling home to Co. Tyrone. 18/01/2015 Pic. Feldore McHugh

Slemish looking cold and grey in Broughshane. Pic. Maureen Ballantine 16/01/2015

Slemish looking cold and grey in Broughshane. Pic. Maureen Ballantine 16/01/2015

Motorists make their way through snowfall in Gortin near Omagh, as many parts of the UK were on snow alert with wintry showers threatening to disrupt travel. Niall Carson/PA Wire.

Motorists make their way through snowfall in Gortin near Omagh, as many parts of the UK were on snow alert with wintry showers threatening to disrupt travel. Niall Carson/PA Wire.

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Sheep and a grouse in fields in Drumbo

Sheep and a grouse in fields in Drumbo

A blanket of snow in Glenarm Co Antrim. Pic Matthew Morrow (28/01/2015)

A blanket of snow in Glenarm Co Antrim. Pic Matthew Morrow (28/01/2015)

The magical reflections of the mallards in the sunshine. Oxford Island Craigavon. Pic Noeni Bryars 22/01/2015

The magical reflections of the mallards in the sunshine. Oxford Island Craigavon. Pic Noeni Bryars 22/01/2015

The magical reflections of the mallards in the sunshine. Oxford Island Craigavon. Pic Noeni Bryars 22/01/2015

The magical reflections of the mallards in the sunshine. Oxford Island Craigavon. Pic Noeni Bryars 22/01/2015

Aoife beside her first ever snowman in Ballyronan, Co Derry. Pic. Caroline Glendinning 14/01/15

Aoife beside her first ever snowman in Ballyronan, Co Derry. Pic. Caroline Glendinning 14/01/15

A blanket of snow covers Rathfriland. January 2015

A blanket of snow covers Rathfriland. January 2015

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A low sun rises over a gate in the Moneyrea countryside

A low sun rises over a gate in the Moneyrea countryside

Mischievous cocker spaniel Finn steals snowman's carrot in Coleraine Pic. Karen Garvin 14/01/2015

Mischievous cocker spaniel Finn steals snowman's carrot in Coleraine Pic. Karen Garvin 14/01/2015

‘Keeper’ the German shepherd plays in the snow in Ballycastle yesterday. The adverse weather conditions, however, brought misery to many

‘Keeper’ the German shepherd plays in the snow in Ballycastle yesterday. The adverse weather conditions, however, brought misery to many

A solitary figure is framed by the famous trees of the Dark Hedges. January 15. 2015

A solitary figure is framed by the famous trees of the Dark Hedges. January 15. 2015

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A woman throws a ball for her springer spaniel on the snowy west strand at Portrush

A woman throws a ball for her springer spaniel on the snowy west strand at Portrush

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Brothers Brenn (10) and Aodan (7) Doherty sledge along Creggan Hill to the Model Primary School in Derry

Brothers Brenn (10) and Aodan (7) Doherty sledge along Creggan Hill to the Model Primary School in Derry

Lorcan Doherty

Snowfall causes disruption in the village of Claudy

Snowfall causes disruption in the village of Claudy

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A stunning sky over a blanket of snow in Five Mile Straight, Maghera, Derry. Pic. Hilary McGrath 14/01/2015

A stunning sky over a blanket of snow in Five Mile Straight, Maghera, Derry. Pic. Hilary McGrath 14/01/2015

A lone sheep surrounded by snow at a farm near Claudy, Derry. Pic. Fiona-Jane Garrett 14/01/2015

A lone sheep surrounded by snow at a farm near Claudy, Derry. Pic. Fiona-Jane Garrett 14/01/2015

Proudly showing off their snowmen as children enjoy the snowfall in Northern Ireland. Pic. Michelle Wilmont 14/01/2015

Proudly showing off their snowmen as children enjoy the snowfall in Northern Ireland. Pic. Michelle Wilmont 14/01/2015

A thick blanket of snow lies in Kildoag, Londonderry. Pic Astrid Coyle 14/01/2015

A thick blanket of snow lies in Kildoag, Londonderry. Pic Astrid Coyle 14/01/2015

A good day's work in the snow - proudly showing their happy snowman. Pic Michelle Wilmont 14/01/2015

A good day's work in the snow - proudly showing their happy snowman. Pic Michelle Wilmont 14/01/2015

Snowball fights in the snow as young and old enjoy the wintry spell in Northern Ireland pic. Michelle Wilmont 14/01/2015

Snowball fights in the snow as young and old enjoy the wintry spell in Northern Ireland pic. Michelle Wilmont 14/01/2015

A blanket of snow makes a dramatic view over Loughbrickland Lake. Pic Lisa Young 13/01/2015

A blanket of snow makes a dramatic view over Loughbrickland Lake. Pic Lisa Young 13/01/2015

Dramatic colours as winter takes over Loughbrickland Lake Co Down. 13/01/2015 Pic. Lisa Young

Dramatic colours as winter takes over Loughbrickland Lake Co Down. 13/01/2015 Pic. Lisa Young

Beautiful wintry image of Loughbrickland Lake Co Down. Pic. Lisa Young 13/01/2015

Beautiful wintry image of Loughbrickland Lake Co Down. Pic. Lisa Young 13/01/2015

Zoe Adair and Victoria Poole enjoying the snowy spell in Northern Ireland. Pic. Victoria Poole. 13/01/2015

Zoe Adair and Victoria Poole enjoying the snowy spell in Northern Ireland. Pic. Victoria Poole. 13/01/2015

A blanket of snow over Dungiven. Pic. Natasha Kealey. 13/01/2015

A blanket of snow over Dungiven. Pic. Natasha Kealey. 13/01/2015

Traffic slowed down due to snow on the Glendermot road Londonderry. Pic. Marcus Bye 13/01/2015

Traffic slowed down due to snow on the Glendermot road Londonderry. Pic. Marcus Bye 13/01/2015

Heavy snow cover in Strabane. Pic. John Blair 13/01/2015

Heavy snow cover in Strabane. Pic. John Blair 13/01/2015

A beautiful snowy landscape in Strabane. Pic. John Blair 13/01/2015

A beautiful snowy landscape in Strabane. Pic. John Blair 13/01/2015

A bed of snow glimmers under the sunshine in Strabane. Pic. John Blair 13/01/2015

A bed of snow glimmers under the sunshine in Strabane. Pic. John Blair 13/01/2015

Snow lying in Inishowen, Co Donegal. Pic. Trygve de Brun 13/01/2015

Snow lying in Inishowen, Co Donegal. Pic. Trygve de Brun 13/01/2015

Florencecourt, CO Fermanagh Susan Elliott 13012015.

Florencecourt, CO Fermanagh Susan Elliott 13012015.

Winter wonderland in Florencecourt Co Fermanagh. Pic. Susan Elliott 13/01/2015

A wintry morning in Ballymoney. Pic. Emma McFaul 13/01/2015

A wintry morning in Ballymoney. Pic. Emma McFaul 13/01/2015

A snowy morning in Park Village Co Derry. Pic.Fiona Jane Garrett 13/01/2015

A snowy morning in Park Village Co Derry. Pic.Fiona Jane Garrett 13/01/2015

A dark winter morning in Belleek, Co Fermanagh. Pic. Katriona Cox 13/01/2015

A dark winter morning in Belleek, Co Fermanagh. Pic. Katriona Cox 13/01/2015

Blanket of snow outside Claudy. Pic Stacey Witherow 13/01/2015

Blanket of snow outside Claudy. Pic Stacey Witherow 13/01/2015

A scattering of snow in Fivemiletown. Pic. Julie Brownlee 13/01/2015

A scattering of snow in Fivemiletown. Pic. Julie Brownlee 13/01/2015

Snow fall in Aghadowey. Pic. Lesley Richard Hunter 13/01/2015

Snow fall in Aghadowey. Pic. Lesley Richard Hunter 13/01/2015

Lettershandoney snow fall. Pic. Padraig Lynch 13/01/2015

Lettershandoney snow fall. Pic. Padraig Lynch 13/01/2015

 Moonlit snow and stars over derelict house on Glenshane Pass. Photo by Martin McKenna.

Moonlit snow and stars over derelict house on Glenshane Pass. Photo by Martin McKenna.

Walkers on Divis Mountain, Belfast

Walkers on Divis Mountain, Belfast

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

Traffic on the Glenshane Pass in Co Londonderry, as snow is replaced with rain and high winds across the province.

Traffic on the Glenshane Pass in Co Londonderry, as snow is replaced with rain and high winds across the province.

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Sheep brave the overnight snowfall in Co Derry, Feb 2014. Picture Margaret McLaughlin

Sheep brave the overnight snowfall in Co Derry, Feb 2014. Picture Margaret McLaughlin

Taken on Portstewart Strand,11/2/14. Some hardy surfers undeterred by a snowstorm.
Submitted by Evelyn McCullough

Taken on Portstewart Strand,11/2/14. Some hardy surfers undeterred by a snowstorm. Submitted by Evelyn McCullough

Frosty - Snowfall in Northern Ireland Feb 2014. Picture submitted by Stevie Burns

Frosty - Snowfall in Northern Ireland Feb 2014. Picture submitted by Stevie Burns

Snow in Maghera, Co Derry with bad weather hitting across Northern Ireland. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

Snow in Maghera, Co Derry with bad weather hitting across Northern Ireland. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

Snowfall  in Coleraine - a creative eye. Submitted by Deanna Partridge Feb 2014

Snowfall in Coleraine - a creative eye. Submitted by Deanna Partridge Feb 2014

Snow at Creative Gardens Galgorm Castle. Feb 2014. Submitted by Philip Gass.

Snow at Creative Gardens Galgorm Castle. Feb 2014. Submitted by Philip Gass.

The scene in Derry's Brooke Park as snow hits  the North West.

Photo Lorcan Doherty / pressye.com

The scene in Derry's Brooke Park as snow hits the North West. Photo Lorcan Doherty / pressye.com

Lorcan Doherty

Snow in Limavady. By @RichardCraig7

Snow in Limavady. By @RichardCraig7

The scene in Derry's Brooke Park as snow hits  the North West.

Photo Lorcan Doherty / pressye.com

The scene in Derry's Brooke Park as snow hits the North West. Photo Lorcan Doherty / pressye.com

Lorcan Doherty

Snow in the Aghanloo area, just outside Limavady. By @RVE_LTD

Snow in the Aghanloo area, just outside Limavady. By @RVE_LTD

The scene in Derry's Brooke Park as snow hits  the North West.

Photo Lorcan Doherty / pressye.com

The scene in Derry's Brooke Park as snow hits the North West. Photo Lorcan Doherty / pressye.com

Lorcan Doherty

Heavy snow at Hillfarm House Deer Sanctuary, Derry. By @kevinharkin3

Heavy snow at Hillfarm House Deer Sanctuary, Derry. By @kevinharkin3

The scene in Derry's Brooke Park as snow hits  the North West.

Photo Lorcan Doherty / pressye.com

The scene in Derry's Brooke Park as snow hits the North West. Photo Lorcan Doherty / pressye.com

Lorcan Doherty

Flashback to snowy 2013: Spelga Dam in the Mournes. Submitted on behalf of Lynette Cooke.

Flashback to snowy 2013: Spelga Dam in the Mournes. Submitted on behalf of Lynette Cooke.

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after the snow

<b>Gallery of Belfast Telegraph readers' snow pictures </b>Garden fox - Carrowreagh, Dundonald submitted by Carol Cinnamond March 22 2013

<b>Gallery of Belfast Telegraph readers' snow pictures </b>Garden fox - Carrowreagh, Dundonald submitted by Carol Cinnamond March 22 2013

House of Stephen Bryden on the Cairn Road outside Carrickfergus. Image sent in by Gerry Millar

House of Stephen Bryden on the Cairn Road outside Carrickfergus. Image sent in by Gerry Millar

Image of a car between a snow bank. Image supplied by Paul Connolly

Image of a car between a snow bank. Image supplied by Paul Connolly

Basil McCrea travelling through Dromara snowfields. Image supplied by Jamie Mackrell

Basil McCrea travelling through Dromara snowfields. Image supplied by Jamie Mackrell

Basil McCrea with residents in Annahilt. Image supplied by Jamie Mackrell

Basil McCrea with residents in Annahilt. Image supplied by Jamie Mackrell

&lt;b&gt;Gallery of Belfast Telegraph readers' snow pictures &lt;/b&gt;Castle Gardens, Lisburn. By Tom Porter

<b>Gallery of Belfast Telegraph readers' snow pictures </b>Castle Gardens, Lisburn. By Tom Porter

Beautiful trees on divis mountains. By Pauline

Beautiful trees on divis mountains. By Pauline

A Winter Sun In Lisburn. By Tom Porter

A Winter Sun In Lisburn. By Tom Porter

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Can you do better than this? A reader's picture from last year: Dundrod Co Antrim, submitted by Paul McFarland, Dromore.

She said: "The Crescent Link road in the Waterside was like a skating rink the whole way to beyond Altnagelvin.

"Cars were sliding every which way and even though driving in the snow doesn't bother me normally, I was terrified.

"I had no choice but to abandon my car, get out the wellies I keep in the boot and start walking."

By lunchtime several further heavy falls of snow saw a bad situation get worse for motorists.

Not everyone was concerned though, as many grabbed cameras and made the most of the opportunity to capture the cityscape in its winter beauty and snowmen popped up in gardens everywhere.

There was some disruption to Derry City Council services and while refuse collection continued as normal where safe to do so, the city cemetery was closed in the afternoon.

Bus services were suspended between Belfast and Derry and passengers were advised to take the train.

Gritters were in operation as Transport NI warned of disruption to city services and rural areas. Some schools closed, including Cumber Claudy Primary School and Evish Primary School in Strabane.

Rathlin island has been cut off from the mainland for four days and while supplies like bread and milk made it through on a ferry yesterday, the service looks set to be suspended again once the next storms hit. Islanders took it in their stride and said it was all part of life off the north coast.

The Met Office warned of a risk of disruption to transport and possibly power supplies through tonight into tomorrow.

A spokesman said: "Another Atlantic low pressure system is expected to deepen significantly as it tracks towards the UK.

"The strongest winds will initially be across England and Wales during the second half of Wednesday into early Thursday before moderating.

"A separate area of very strong winds is likely to affect more northern areas of the UK through Thursday, particularly affecting Northern Ireland and the central belt of Scotland. As well as the very strong winds, a band of squally rain is likely to sweep eastwards across many parts through the period.

"The exact track of this system is still open to some uncertainty, as is the location of the strongest winds, particularly across the north on Thursday and this warning will be updated as and when necessary."

The Weather Channel UK also warned of further wintry weather towards the weekend and into next week, with snow over hills and night frosts.

Forecaster Leon Brown said: "It looks like below normal temperatures will be with us for the rest of January from the end of this week, so keep warm coats to hand and ice scrapers for the car windscreen."

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