White Christmas for Ireland

25/12/2004 - 09:38:38

People across vast areas of Ireland north and south are waking up to a white Christmas for the first time in many years.

Snow has been falling in most counties as temperatures dipped to freezing overnight.

The heaviest falls were in the northern half of the country.

The PSNI and gardaí have warned that road conditions are treacherous. Officers have appealed to motorists to be very careful.

Snow has fallen across Northern Ireland, with Co Antrim and Belfast covered on Christmas Day for the first time in years.

The main road from Belfast to Derry is particularly bad around the Glenshane Pass.

There were light snow showers across the south and west of the country.

Heavier snow showers have struck the north west and north east.

It is officially a white Christmas with snow on the ground in many counties including Donegal, Mayo and Sligo. This stretches right across Leitrim, Roscommon, Cavan and on to Louth.

Met Eireann has warned that the west and north can expect more rain, sleet and snow showers, but the eastern side of the country will only see an occasional shower during the day.

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