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Freeze Frame

Pictures: Parts of Ireland were a little snowed under today

Ireland and Northern Ireland got a dousing of snow thanks to Storm Caroline last night.

TODAY, IRELAND WOKE up to a dusting of snow on its rooftops, roads and fields, that is really helping to instill that festive spirit in all of us.

Image uploaded from iOS Lisburn, Co Antrim.

As forecast by Met Éireann, temperatures plummeted overnight and are predicted to stay frosty over the weekend.

Today, a Status Orange weather warning was announced for 17 counties, which is expected to bring a significant amount of snowfall on Saturday and Sunday night.

Tonight, temperatures are expected to stay between 0 and 4 degrees.

SNOW ON THE CURRAGH  758A1197_90531566 Blooming furze flowers are covered in snow on the Curragh Plains in Co Kildare. Eamonn Farrell via Eamonn Farrell via

Notwithstanding it being unbearable cold… the snow does make a pretty picture.

Here are a few examples…

Wicklow 2 A view of the Wicklow mountains this morning.

SNOW ON THE CURRAGH  758A1053_90531555 Military Graveyard on the Curragh Plains in Co Kildare. Eamonn Farrell Eamonn Farrell

A military exercise scheduled for today was executed as planned – in the freezing and frosty conditions.

SNOW ON THE CURRAGH 758A0970_90531545 (1) Eamonn Farrell via Eamonn Farrell via

Meanwhile, despite the west being known for its wild weather, Galway escaped today unscathed from the snowfall elsewhere.

Motorists are being warned to be extra vigilant this weekend, and looking at these videos from Donegal, you can see why.

In Northern Ireland, the snowy scenes were even more extreme.

Winter weather Dec 8th 2017 People go sledding on the grounds of Stormont Estate, Belfast. Brian Lawless via PA Images Brian Lawless via PA Images

Winter weather Dec 8th 2017 Horses in a field in Cloughoge, Newry. Brian Lawless via PA Images Brian Lawless via PA Images

Winter weather Dec 8th 2017 Ponies stand in a snow-covered field that straddles the Irish border between Fermanagh and Donegal. Mark Marlow via PA Images Mark Marlow via PA Images

But between the snow, the Brexit agreement, and the fact that it’s Friday – it’s been a very beautiful day.

DSC_1140 Roundwood, Co Wicklow. Gráinne Ní Aodha Gráinne Ní Aodha

Read: ‘Orange alert’ warning: Significant falls of snow due in 17 counties this weekend

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