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Storm Clodagh snow warning as the stormy weather looks set to continue in Northern Ireland

By Linda Stewart

Storm Clodagh brought disruption across Northern Ireland at the weekend as the country was swept by gusts of up to 60mph.

And forecasters warn that a further depression will move across Ireland this morning, bringing snow to counties Antrim and Londonderry.

Snow could fall to depths of up to 10cm in areas above 300 metres, with slushy accumulations possible at lower levels.

Yesterday, high winds and squalls of heavy rain caused organisers to cancel a Christmas market in Magherafelt as the gusts battered stalls.

Police warned of hazardous driving conditions, cautioning motorists to slow down, use lights and drive with extra care.

A number of trees were brought down, including one blocking the A28 Killylea Road in Co Armagh. The A2 Dunluce Road between Portrush and Bushmills was closed due to flooding.

A tree also fell on a house in Drumbeemore in Co Armagh.

A number of Stena Line sailings between Belfast and Liverpool were also delayed by the adverse weather.

Twitter users posted dramatic photographs of damage caused by the high winds, which reached 70mph on the west coasts. Among the shocking images were pictures of garden trampolines which had been swept up by the gales and deposited in neighbouring gardens.

Up to 3,500 people were left without electricity in the Republic, with power cuts in Co Limerick, Co Donegal and Co Offaly.

The Met Office has issued a further severe weather warning for today, from 7am until 2pm.

"Another depression will move quickly eastwards across the British Isles on Monday, crossing Ireland in the morning and northern England in the afternoon," a forecaster said.

"With cold air immediately north of the depression's track, the rain is expected to turn to wet snow across parts of Northern Ireland, southern Scotland, and the extreme north of England.

"Please take extra care and allow more time for travel.

"Across northern parts of Northern Ireland and southern Scotland the rain is expected to turn to wet snow with 2 to 5cm possible above about 150m, and some slushy accumulations possible at lower levels. Ten centimetres may possibly occur above 300m," the forecaster said.

Leon Brown of the Weather Channel said the British Isles are in the grip of a very fast moving westerly weather pattern from the Atlantic, with a strong thermal gradient over the North Atlantic and hence strong jet stream.

"Wednesday is likely to be very windy, as a deep area of low pressure passes the north. Widespread gales and risk of severe gales," he said.

He added that the end of the week will bring colder and calmer weather before becoming wet and windy again next weekend.

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