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Snow and ice starts to thaw after rush hour chaos

Published 02/03/2016

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In Wallace Park, Lisburn, Ralph enjoys looking for his ball.
Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye © In Wallace Park, Lisburn, Ralph enjoys looking for his ball.
Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye © In Wallace Park, Lisburn Ralph enjoys looking for his ball.
Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye © In Wallace Park, Lisburn Ralph enjoys looking for his ball.
Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye © Traffic on the A1 heading towards Hillsborough and Lisburn is backed up to Dromore.Wallace Park, Lisburn.
Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye © In Wallace Park, Lisburn everyone made fun in the snow.
Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye © Wallace Park, Lisburn
Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye © Wallace Park, Lisburn.
Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye © Wallace Park, Lisburn.
Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye © Wallace Park, Lisburn
Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye © Long delays on the A1 at Hillsborough.
Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye © Long delays on the A1 at Hillsborough.
Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye © Traffic at a stand still in Hillsborough.
Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye © A1 at Hillsborough.
Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye © Cars abandoned near Hillsborough.
Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye © Traffic at a stand still in Hillsborough.
Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye © A1 at Hillsborough.
Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye © Wallace Park Lisburn.
Snow over Cloughey. Pic by David Kerr
As weather warnings are put in place across Northern Ireland early morning snow falls on Moneyrea in Co. Down. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
As weather warnings are put in place across Northern Ireland early morning snow falls on Moneyrea in Co. Down. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
As weather warnings are put in place across Northern Ireland early morning snow falls on Moneyrea in Co. Down. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
As weather warnings are put in place across Northern Ireland early morning snow falls on Moneyrea in Co. Down. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
As weather warnings are put in place across Northern Ireland early morning snow falls on Moneyrea in Co. Down. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Snow-covered Lisburn. Pic Sharon Cuatriz
As weather warnings are put in place across Northern Ireland early morning snow falls on Moneyrea in Co. Down. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
As weather warnings are put in place across Northern Ireland early morning snow falls on Moneyrea in Co. Down. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Snow over Cloughey. Pic by David Kerr
Snow over Cloughey. Pic by David Kerr

The snow and ice has started to ease after bringing roads to a standstill during morning rush hour.

Travel was heavily affected in many parts of Northern Ireland after heavy snowfall overnight.

Lots of reports of snow affecting some people this morning. A Met Office warning is in place. Here's Barra Best with your forecast:

Posted by BBC Newsline on Tuesday, 1 March 2016

Roads are expected to clear this afternoon but drivers are still being urged to continue to take extra care.

A two-vehicle collision at the Hillsborough road roundabout has been cleared and traffic is now moving normally between on the A1 between Dromore and Hillsbourgh.

There were reports of two lorries stuck at Sprucefield and seven lorries stuck on Main Street in Moira. Treacherous conditions were also reported on the Glenshane Pass.

Newtownstewart, Drumbo, Dromara, Hillsborough, Castlederg, Portaferry and Portavogie have all been hit by snow.

The BBC is reporting that two schools in Count Tyrone are closed because of the snow - St Joseph's Primary School, Galbally and Ardstraw Primary School, Newtownstewart.

Translink is reporting delays across its services and asking people to allow extra time for their journeys.

Rain and some hill snow are forecast from lunch time and strong to galeforce winds are expected to develop later in the day.

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