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Roads warning as snow and ice hit Northern Ireland

By David Young

Published 18/11/2016

Winter returned to Northern Ireland with a vengeance last night, as snowdrifts caused traffic disruption across the north coast. File image
Winter returned to Northern Ireland with a vengeance last night, as snowdrifts caused traffic disruption across the north coast. File image

Winter returned to Northern Ireland with a vengeance last night, as snowdrifts caused traffic disruption across the north coast.

The Met Office issued a Yellow Warning for ice across all six counties of Northern Ireland this morning.

It said that wintry showers overnight and into this morning will lead to some ice, primarily on untreated surfaces, but perhaps also where grit is washed off by frequent showers.

In addition, more than an inch of snow may accumulate on hills above around 100-200m and more than two inches in places above 400m.

Some of the heaviest showers could produce slushy conditions even at low levels.

"Please be aware of possible tricky travel conditions," the weather experts advised.

Last night, the PSNI advised motorists travelling on roads between Limavady and Coleraine to exercise extreme caution.

The Broad Road, Windyhill Road and Dunhill Road between Limavady and Coleraine, as well as the Baranailt Road in Claudy, were only passable with care after the heavy snowfall.

The Met Office's chief Forecaster said: "A cold northwesterly airstream will bring heavy showers or rain, sleet, snow and hail through this period.

"Clear spells in between will allow temperatures to fall close to or below freezing - hence the likelihood of some ice."

Today is expected to be a bright day with sunny intervals and showers, frequent over the north and west. There will also be some heavy and wintry showers over higher ground, with moderate west to northwesterly winds.

The maximum temperature is not expected to exceed 5C.

Over the weekend, further showers are anticipated in coastal areas.

There will be some sunshine at times, with clear spells and light winds overnight leading to widespread frost - and even some freezing fog patches.

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