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We may not have had a white Christmas - but snow has been falling across Northern Ireland.

Heavy snow blanketed parts of Northern Ireland this week with Coleraine and Ballymena among the towns experiencing the most.

On Friday morning a further yellow warning for ice was added to the warning already in place for snow and wind for Northern Ireland from Friday afternoon until Saturday at 12pm.

The Met Office said a cold north to northwesterly airstream will maintain the risk of wintry showers through Friday night and Saturday morning.

However, amounts of snow are likely to be very variable with some places remaining dry altogether.

At 9am on Thursday morning 3cm of snow was reported at Ballypatrick Forest in the Antrim Glens.

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Winds are expected to reach gale-force starting in the North Coast. Tricky driving conditions are expected as the strong winds and wintry weather sweep across the country.

On Saturday drier, brighter weather is expected - but wintry showers should continue in the north and west.

Saturday night will see outbreaks of rain and with the minimum temperature of 5 degrees.

Sunday is expected to be a mild day - cloudy and misty with further light rain at times.

There will be a few brighter interludes mainly around Newcastle and Newry.

Next week is set to be milder and mostly cloudy until Wednesday.

There will be some patchy light rain but it is expected to be mainly dry.

Manwhile Translink has put in place a number of contingency measures ahead of the wintry weather forecast.

Translink’s Communications Manager Lynda Shannon said: “In addition to our normal winter preparations, we also have contingency measures in place in case of snow, to keep our customers moving across Northern Ireland.

“We have stockpiles of salt to tackle ice and snow on our platforms and bus waiting areas; and we have crews on standby to remove debris from railway lines.

“We also liaise with Transport NI in the event of road closures or diversions”.

Passengers can keep up to date with the latest travel news on the Translink website and app, via Twitter @Translink_NI or through the contact centre on 028 90 66 66 30.


From Belfast Telegraph