Belfast Telegraph

Ice warning extended into Sunday as cold snap continues

A new warning that icy conditions will continue into Sunday has been issued by the Met Office.

Northern Ireland has had to endure sub-zero temperatures brought in by the Beast from the East and Storm Emma since Tuesday.

A yellow warning from the Met Office is for ice, which is expected to lie on untreated roads, pavements and cycle paths.

Snow is also expected in higher ground in eastern parts of the province.

Driving conditions are likely to be difficult, and injuries from slips and falls are a possibility.

An earlier warning for snow and ice is in place through until 11pm on Saturday.

Speaking to the Belfast Telegraph, forecaster Stuart Brooks said the worst of the cold snap had passed and a thawing could now be expected.

"Daytime temperatures will now begin to rise slowly, and the easterly wind speeds are waning," he said.

"Night time temperatures will still fall to at or just below freezing point, but the slow thaw will reduce the snow cover over the next couple of days.

"Because it's not a rapid thaw, there is little risk of flooding."

Motorists are being advised to expect delays, and some flights at Belfast City and Belfast International airports have been cancelled.

Government advice service NI Direct has urged the public to plan their journeys and to check travel advice before setting off.

The weekend's snow has also disrupted sporting events, with the Belfast Giants calling off their game against Milton Keynes Lightning due to cancelled flights, and a number of Irish league matches being called off due to the conditions.

A monumental effort by Glenavon fans to clear the pitch allowed its game at Mourneview Park against Loughgall to go ahead.

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