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Commuters caught cold as icy snap brings chaos to our roads

By Linda Stewart

Published 03/03/2016

Traffic disruption on the road to Dromara
Traffic disruption on the road to Dromara
Hillsborough village blanketed in snow
A lone hiker on Divis Mountain
Snow covers the hills at the Glenshane Pass
Archie the dog enjoys the snow on Divis Mountain
A boy and his dog brave the conditions in Divis

Snow and ice brought chaos to many parts of Northern Ireland yesterday.

Traffic was disrupted on the M1 between Portadown and Lisburn.

Trafficwatch NI reported seven lorries stuck on Main Street, Moira, yesterday morning, while visibility was poor between Banbridge and Belfast on the A1.

Treacherous conditions were reported on the Glenshane Pass and yesterday morning, traffic on the A1 towards Hillsborough was backed up to Dromore. Cars and vans became stuck on back roads from Lisburn to Belfast.

Several lorries were reported stuck due to snow, including two at Sprucefield, Lisburn, two on the Saintfield Road near Dobbies and one on the Rock Road in Lisburn.

Snow also caused difficulties in Newtownstewart, Drumbo, Dromara, Hillsborough, Castlederg, Portaferry and Portavogie.

St Joseph's Primary School, Galbally, and Ardstraw Primary School, both in Co Tyrone, were closed due to the snow.

Many Translink services were delayed yesterday morning and the company asked people to allow extra time for journeys. Most of yesterday's sailings by the Rathlin Ferry were cancelled.

The Met Office said there will be some brighter spells tomorrow morning "with winds increasing and clouds thickening from midday with periods of rain, sleet and snow. Maximum 7°C."

The outlook is for rain and snow at first on Friday, with mainly fine, dry and sunny weather later and through Saturday.

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