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Man dies after two-vehicle crash on A1: Adverse weather and several collisions cause traffic disruption across Northern Ireland

A 55-year-old man has died following a two-vehicle collision on the A1 outside Dromore earlier today.

The collision happened around 7.15am close to the Halfway Road.

One woman, who was the driver of the second car, taken to hospital following the collision with injuries not thought to be life threatening.

Traffic has been heavily congested following the collision.

Police are advising motorists travelling on the A1 northbound to seek an alternative route.

Vehicles are being diverted onto Blackskull Road.

If you are travelling northwards please consider an alternative route of leaving the A1 at Banbridge, travelling to Moira and onto the M1 from there.

Northbound traffic is being diverted at Banbridge, then Lurgan via the A26, Dromore via the B2 and back on to the A1.

The A1 has reopened in both directions.

Inspector Leslie Badger said: "Our thoughts are with the family of the deceased at this time.

"If anyone witnessed this collision or has information in relation to it, please contact us in Banbridge on 101."

Weather

Adverse weather conditions and a small number of collisions have caused traffic disruption across the country as parts of Northern Ireland woke up to a winter wonderland. 

Spring got off to a chilly start as snowfall contributed to several road and school closures.

After a wet and windy weekend, the Met Office issued a severe weather warning for snow and ice until 10am this morning.

Accumulations of up to 6cms of snow are expected in low-lying areas across Northern Ireland with as much as 10cm in areas above 400 metres.

Temperatures dipped and stayed below freezing last night and won't get much higher than 4C today.

Met Office forecaster Chris Page said the wintry weather is to continue until Wednesday.

A dramatic picture taken by a local resident in Dromara showed an overturned lorry on the snow covered Slievenaboley Road, Co Down.

The Rocky Road in Cregagh has been closed to traffic due to adverse weather conditions.

Meanwhile Whinney Hill in Holywood has been closed following a three vehicle crash at the junction with Carlston Avenue - motorists are advised to avoid the area.

There is traffic disruption and delays in the Quarterlands Road area of Dundrod following a number of crashes.

The Ligoniel Road in Belfast has re-opened following road traffic collisions however motorists are advised to proceed with extreme caution due to adverse weather conditions.

Elsewhere the Church Road in Holywood was closed following a one vehicle crash and has since re-opened. There were no reports of any injuries.

Meanwhile several thousand homes in Co Antrim were without electricty on Monday morning.

Ballymena, Cullybackey and Portglenone were without power due to a fault at NIE's main substation in Ballymena.

Gracehill Primary School in Ballymena will be closed on Monday because of the power cut.

Power has since been restored to the majority of homes.

School Closures

Markethill High School, Markethill, County Armagh.

Markethill Primary School, Markethill, County Armagh.

Milltown Primary School, Banbridge, County Down.

St Mary's Primary School, Maghera, County Londonderry

All motorists should allow extra time for their journey.

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