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Sheep on Slieve Croob near Dromara, Co Down

Sheep on Slieve Croob near Dromara, Co Down

Little Barry Hurson has some fun with his sled near Dublin

Little Barry Hurson has some fun with his sled near Dublin

Donal Dalton takes his dog for a walk in Kilteel, Co Kildare

Donal Dalton takes his dog for a walk in Kilteel, Co Kildare

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Sheep on Slieve Croob near Dromara, Co Down

Winter returned to Northern Ireland yesterday following an unexpectedly warm February.

Parts of counties Down and Armagh were coated in snow as temperatures dipped.

Britain was battered by gales, rain and snow as the sixth named storm of the winter season struck on Sunday.

Storm Freya brought wind speeds that reached nearly 80mph, with trees being felled and roads closed.

The wintry weather has also been causing travel problems in the Republic.

North of the border, showery rain is expected this morning, although it will be drier and brighter later, according to the Met Office.

Some hill snow could cause disruption to traffic this morning, although it is expected to clear later.

However, heavy rain is expected from tomorrow.

Belfast Telegraph