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More snow on way as Janet Devlin is forced to cancel gig

By Lesley Anne McKeown and Maureen Coleman

X Factor star Janet Devlin was among hundreds of travellers who had their journeys disrupted because of the bad weather.

The Gortin girl was forced to call off a gig in North Yorkshire after her flight from Belfast was cancelled.

The teenager tweeted that she was on her way back to England, where she was due to perform at the Viper Room in Harrogate.

But, she later posted that her flight had been cancelled and apologised to fans who had been planning to attend the gig.

“I do apologise to anyone who was attending the gig,” Janet wrote.

A number of flights from Liverpool, Glasgow, the East Midlands, Leeds Bradford and Edinburgh were either delayed or cancelled while Stena sailings between Belfast and Liverpool also faced some delays.

Belfast actor Gerard McCarthy was also affected.

He was due to fly back to Belfast yesterday evening for the weekend, but his flight from Luton was delayed for several hours as a result of the adverse weather.

Northern Ireland, like Wales and the south east of England, woke up to snow yesterday as heavy rain brought on by a low pressure system turned to sleet or snow.

And, the cold snap is expected to continue to bite throughout the weekend with warnings of more snow making conditions hazardous.

However, forecasters have said that warmer weather is expected to move in by next week.

A spokesman for Meteogroup, the Press Association’s weather department, warned of more snow over the weekend.

“There will be a scattering of wintry showers,” he said. “Snow will be over the hills but could also fall at any levels. Northern counties are more likely to get the snow showers. Temperatures will be a maximum of 6C in Co Down but will be between 3C and 5C elsewhere.

“Overnight on Saturday there will be widespread frost, with occasional showers particularly around the north coast.

“On Sunday, temperatures will be slightly higher.

“It will be another breezy day, however, and the snow will be confined to hills.

“The best of the drier weather will be in the southern counties. Temperatures will be between 4C and 7C.”

The coldest temperatures were recorded in Aviemore in the Scottish Highlands, where it was -3C for much of yesterday.

Meanwhile, the AA has warned drivers to make sure they are properly prepared for the unsettled weather.

A spokesman said: “Road users are reminded to plan for their journeys before setting out, checking the forecast, road conditions and leaving extra time if travel conditions are poor, or to delay their journeys if the weather becomes severe.

“They are also advised to be prepared and carry warm clothing and an emergency pack, which includes food and water, boots, de-icer, a torch, and a shovel in case of snow.”

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