Belfast Telegraph

Northern Ireland snow chaos: Preparations in place but further disruption feared as new weather warning issued

High-level meetings have been held and warnings issued for the public to prepare for another wintry blast to hit Northern Ireland.

Despite the measures, however, the Northern Ireland public have been warned there are no guarantees of disruption easing in some places as the various agencies work to battle the elements.

Snow caused widespread disruption on Tuesday and Wednesday morning after the Met Office issued a "prepare for the worst" amber alert.

A yellow warning for snow has been put in place until 6am on Thursday.

The Met Office says the risk of snowfall on Wednesday night is greatest across Tyrone, Londonderry and Antrim where further significant and disruptive accumulations are likely.  A mix of sleet and rain is more likely over Armagh and Down. It will be icy in places on Thursday morning.

"Conditions on the roads remain difficult in many areas," the Department for Infrastructure said, "and salting of roads on the scheduled network in areas most badly affected by snow and ice is ongoing and will continue as necessary through today and overnight.

"All major routes remain passable, however some rural areas have seen greater snowfalls in particular eastern and southern counties and motorists should drive with caution and check for the latest updates.

"Resources are currently focused on road salting operations, however we will endeavour to restock salt bins and salt piles on public roads for community self-help as quickly as possible and when safe to do so.

We cannot guarantee ice free roads.

"Over the next 24 hours the weather is expected to be a wintry mix with further snow possible in northern and western regions and rain possible in southern and eastern regions. With already difficult driving conditions, road users should continue to exercise caution, consider their journey, leave extra time and follow advice in the Highway Code."

The statement continued: "Despite our best efforts we cannot guarantee ice free roads even after salting and rain can wash salt off the road and ice may form. Drivers should exercise caution and drive with care, increase their stopping distance and be prepared for changing conditions.

"Multi-agency responders will meet again this morning and continue to monitor the weather, responding as necessary, and have emergency planning arrangements in place to deal with any further weather impacts."

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