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Saturday 9 December 2023 Dublin: 11°C
Paul Faith/PA Wire A Royal Air Force helicopter, in the Glens of Antrim, which has started dropping feed to thousands of farm animals.

PICS: Snow-ice warning in place as Irish Air Corps aids NI snowbound livestock

Thousands of snowbound animals in the North are feared dead, but the extent of the losses are unclear as most are buried below thick blankets of snow.

MET ÉIREANN’S WEATHER warning is still in place this morning for Leinster, Cavan and Monaghan following a night of sleet and snow showers.

There are some small accumulations of snow on low levels and around 3-5 cm on higher ground as well as wide spread icy patches.

Today will remain cold but the frost is expected to thaw during the afternoon. There will be scattered hail and snow showers, mainly across eastern areas and will be frequent near Irish Sea coasts. Met Éireann says there will be a few sunny breaks too, best in the west.

AA Roadwatch are warning drivers to “slow down and keep a safe distance from the vehicle in front” as the snow is affecting motorists in a number of areas.

Gardaí have cleared two collisions from the M4 Sligo/Dublin Road eastbound between J7 Maynooth and J6 Celbridge but are now dealing with a third crash.

In the North, the Government has agreed to provide the Air Corps to assist farmers to deliver food stock to snowbound livestock as the agriculture crisis triggered by blizzards deepens. Thousands of animals are feared dead, but the extent of the losses is still unclear as most of the missing livestock are buried below the thick blankets of snow that have enveloped parts of counties Antrim and Down.

Here are some pictures of the weather conditions sent in the readers:

PICS: Snow-ice warning in place as Irish Air Corps aids NI snowbound livestock
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  • Snow and ice

    Snow in Beaumont. (Image: Sarah Sheils/ reader)
  • Snow and ice

    Happy Easter! (Image: Anon/ reader)
  • Snow and ice

    Dublin Airport at 8am. (Image: Michael Carr/ reader)
  • Snow and ice

    Snow in Clonee, Dublin 15 at 7.30 am. (Image: Paul Mullen/ reader)
  • Snow and ice

    Not a hint of snow Sligo. (Image: Claire/ reader)
  • Snow and ice

    Snow falling at Dublin Airport, picture taken at 07.10 am. (Image: Anon/ reader)
  • Snow and ice

    Day of the by-election and it's snowing in South East Meath. (Image: Master Joe/ reader)

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