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Weather: Glenshane Pass reopened as snow, wind and rain batters Northern Ireland

Conditions on main route 'hazardous'

By John Mulgrew

The Glenshane Pass has reopened after it was partly shut while snow, wind and rain continues to batter Northern Ireland.

The Roads Service confirmed the road closure was due to the removal of a lorry involved in an earlier collision. It has since been reopened.

But while it remains open, drivers are advised that while the road is "passable", driving conditions are "hazardous".

The Longshot Road in Ballyclare has also been closed due to the adverse weather.

Diversions have been put in place at Templepatrick Road roundabout and Ballypalady Road.

The Antrim Road, Templepatrick has also been closed due to flooding under the railway bridge.

It comes as the Met Office issued two severe weather warnings for Northern Ireland - for snow and heavy rain.

In the Republic, snow has hit the west and north, as it experiences its second storm in just 48 hours.

Meanwhile, flood-hit communities in England are facing days of more misery as heavy rain and storms look set to cause further significant flooding.

A triple threat from the elements, with warnings in place for heavy rainfall, gale-force winds and snow, will pile on the problems for areas already struggling in the wake of a string of wild winter storms.

More than 1,000 homes have been evacuated in the Thames Valley and the West Country, and others have been left without electricity.

Ongoing flooding could continue to affect homes, businesses and land for at least another week, the Environment Agency said.

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