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Weather warning for Northern Ireland as Arctic blast takes its toll

Photos taken near Queen's - December 2017 / Credit: Steven Egan
Photos taken near Queen's - December 2017 / Credit: Steven Egan
Ballyclare - December 2017 / Credit: TT
A snowy morning walk in Knockbracken- - December 2017 . Pic: Lindsay Abraham
Snow in Belfast. Pic: Elisabete Tavares
Pippa in the snow in Gortin Plumbridge. Pic: Katie Ward
Pepper in the snow in Gortin Plumbridge. Pic: Katie Ward
Pepper and Pippa in the snow but prefer the cosy fire in Gortin Plumbridge. Pic: Katie Ward
Cooper (2 1/2) from Castlecaulfield
Harry Eakin 'enjoying and enduring' the snow in Portadown.
Photos taken near Queen's on Friday / Credit: Steven Egan
A dog enjoys the snow in Northern Ireland. Pic: Michael J O'Dwyer
A snowy morning walk in Knockbracken. Pic: Lindsay Abraham
A snowy morning walk in Knockbracken. Pic: Lindsay Abraham
Snow in Gortin Plumbridge. Pic: Katie Ward
Snow in Gortin Plumbridge. Pic: Katie Ward
Outside Keylite Roof Windows in Cookstown Co Tyrone. Pic Kevin Kelly
Jay Thompson castle boxing club Carrickfergus.
Pupils of Friends' Prep acquire a new Road Safety monitor after the snow. Pic: Simon Patterson
Jenson and Logan Wright enjoying the snow in Scotch Street, Portadown before school this morning
Pacemaker Press 08/12/2017 Children Ruben and Zara McGlinchey , Nathan McCann and Shea McLaughlin enjoying the snow in Crumlin , as heavy snow falls across Northern Ireland on Friday morning, leaving difficult driving conditions for motorists and some schools closed. Pic Colm Lenaghan/ Pacemaker
Pacemaker Press Belfast 08-12-2017: Heavy snow showers overnight have led to disruption across parts of Northern Ireland. Dozens of schools have been closed due to the wintery conditions. The snowfall means an unexpected day off for some young people. Police are advising road users to use extreme caution on the roads. Anne Curley pictured enjoying the snow. Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker.
Pacemaker Press 08/12/2017 A dog enjoying the snow in Crumlin , as heavy snow falls across Northern Ireland on Friday morning, leaving difficult driving conditions for motorists and some schools closed. Pic Colm Lenaghan/ Pacemaker
Pacemaker Press 08/12/2017 A dog enjoying the snow in Crumlin , as heavy snow falls across Northern Ireland on Friday morning, leaving difficult driving conditions for motorists and some schools closed. Pic Colm Lenaghan/ Pacemaker
Pacemaker Press 08/12/2017 A Snow Man on Divis Mountain in Co Antrim , as heavy snow falls across Northern Ireland on Friday morning, leaving difficult driving conditions for motorists and some schools closed. Pic Colm Lenaghan/ Pacemaker
General views of Snow in Belfast on December 8th 2017 (Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph)
Pacemaker Press Belfast 08-12-2017: Heavy snow showers overnight have led to disruption across parts of Northern Ireland. Dozens of schools have been closed due to the wintery conditions. The snowfall means an unexpected day off for some young people. Police are advising road users to use extreme caution on the roads. Paul and Ollie Forbes pictured enjoying the snow. Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker.
Pacemaker Press 08/12/2017 A Snow Man on Divis Mountain in Co Antrim , as heavy snow falls across Northern Ireland on Friday morning, leaving difficult driving conditions for motorists and some schools closed. Pic Colm Lenaghan/ Pacemaker
Pacemaker Press 08/12/2017 Battling threw the snow on Divis Mountain in Co Antrim , as heavy snow falls across Northern Ireland on Friday morning, leaving difficult driving conditions for motorists and some schools closed. Pic Colm Lenaghan/ Pacemaker
Pacemaker Press 08/12/2017 Battling threw the snow on Divis Mountain in Co Antrim , as heavy snow falls across Northern Ireland on Friday morning, leaving difficult driving conditions for motorists and some schools closed. Pic Colm Lenaghan/ Pacemaker
Pacemaker Press 08/12/2017 Children Ruben and Zara McGlinchey , Nathan McCann and Shea McLaughlin enjoying the snow in Crumlin , as heavy snow falls across Northern Ireland on Friday morning, leaving difficult driving conditions for motorists and some schools closed. Pic Colm Lenaghan/ Pacemaker
Pacemaker Press 08/12/2017 Battling threw the snow on Divis Mountain in Co Antrim , as heavy snow falls across Northern Ireland on Friday morning, leaving difficult driving conditions for motorists and some schools closed. Pic Colm Lenaghan/ Pacemaker
Pacemaker Press Belfast 08-12-2017: Heavy snow showers overnight have led to disruption across parts of Northern Ireland. Dozens of schools have been closed due to the wintery conditions. The snowfall means an unexpected day off for some young people. Police are advising road users to use extreme caution on the roads. Snow in North Belfast. Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker.
Pacemaker Press Belfast 08-12-2017: Police are advising road users to use extreme caution on the roads. Snow in North Belfast. Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker.
Pacemaker Press Belfast 08-12-2017: Heavy snow showers overnight have led to disruption across parts of Northern Ireland. Dozens of schools have been closed due to the wintery conditions. The snowfall means an unexpected day off for some young people. Police are advising road users to use extreme caution on the roads. Patrick Morgan pictured enjoying the snow. Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker.
Pacemaker Press 08/12/2017 Children Ruben and Zara McGlinchey enjoying the snow in Crumlin , as heavy snow falls across Northern Ireland on Friday morning, leaving difficult driving conditions for motorists and some schools closed. Pic Colm Lenaghan/ Pacemaker
Pacemaker Press Belfast 08-12-2017: Heavy snow showers overnight have led to disruption across parts of Northern Ireland. Dozens of schools have been closed due to the wintery conditions. The snowfall means an unexpected day off for some young people. Police are advising road users to use extreme caution on the roads. Patrick Morgan pictured enjoying the snow. Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker.
Pacemaker Press 08/12/2017 A dog enjoying the snow in Crumlin , as heavy snow falls across Northern Ireland on Friday morning, leaving difficult driving conditions for motorists and some schools closed. Pic Colm Lenaghan/ Pacemaker
Pacemaker Press 08/12/2017 Children Ruben and Zara McGlinchey , Nathan McCann and Shea McLaughlin enjoying the snow in Crumlin , as heavy snow falls across Northern Ireland on Friday morning, leaving difficult driving conditions for motorists and some schools closed. Pic Colm Lenaghan/ Pacemaker

A weather warning has been issued for Northern Ireland for ice.

All six counties are said to be affected. Some roads, pavements and cycle paths will be slippery, and some longer journey times by road and bus services are likely, right through the Monday morning rush hour.

The warning is in place between 12.00 Sunday and 12.00 on Monday.

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Blankets of snow covered most of the country since Friday morning, creating havoc on the roads and causing power cuts in rural areas.

More than 20cm of snow fell on high ground while some urban areas felt the chill with 7cms falling, and treacherous conditions caused by ice.

Widespread frost and scattered light wintry overnight showers produced more icy patches this morning as the temperature was expected to plummet to -8 °C in the early hours on high ground.

Across Northern Ireland extra gritters were deployed, and assistance staff were put on 24 hour standby to treat main roads and help keep traffic moving.

Both Belfast's City and International airports cancelled flights to London Heathrow and Birmingham leaving hundreds stranded.

Among those stuck in England were demonstrators from far-right movement Britain First, who were due to stage a rally outside Belfast City Hall yesterday in protest at a charge brought against their deputy leader Jayda Fransen following comments made in a speech in the city earlier this year. Yesterday's rally was cancelled when many of the protesters were left stranded at Luton Airport.

Met Office spokesperson Oli Claydon said today would see a thaw with a maximum temperature of 4°C. Rain is forecast from tomorrow through to Thursday but it will remain cold. According to Met Office UK, Northern Ireland experienced an even colder snap on Christmas Eve 2010, with a low of -18.7 °C.

Wintry showers will become more frequent over northern Scotland on Sunday afternoon, with some extending to Northern Ireland during Sunday evening and night.

A further 2-5 cm of snow is likely over parts of northern mainland Scotland with 5-10 cm possible over some high ground.

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