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Over 400 Northern Ireland schools to close as Storm Emma clashes with 'Beast from the East'

Over 400 schools are to close on Friday as the snow disruption continues across Northern Ireland.

An amber weather alert - meaning there's a potential risk to life - remains in place for parts of Northern Ireland into 10am on Friday. A yellow warning is in place for the entire country until Saturday night.

More: The Northern Ireland schools to close on Friday, March 2

The Department for Infrastructure has advised that road conditions in the south east in particular are extremely difficult and unlikely to change significantly on Friday. Efforts will continue through the night to clear snow from the main roads with snow ploughing ongoing.

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The PSNI has asked motorists to slow down, use adequate lights, keep a safe distance from the vehicle in front and be as careful as possible if driving in difficult conditions. They have also urged the public to check on their neighbours during this period.

NI Water appealed to property owners, and in particular schools and government buildings, to be extra vigilant and secure buildings during this cold weather period.

There was major disruption after sub-zero temperatures, icy winds and blizzard-like conditions hit many parts of Northern Ireland.

After Storm Emma swept in from the Atlantic on the tail of the Beast From The East’s chilly blast, Thursday was the coldest March day in decades - something which could be surpassed on Friday.

Counties Armagh and Down were the worst hit.

Over 300 schools were closed, roads were near impassable leading to public transport delays. In south Down a paramedic had to walk a mile to get to a patient as he could not get his vehicle to their house.

Over 2,000 passengers were affected by flight cancellations. Much of the disruption was caused by flight delays out of Dublin and south England.

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 2nd March 2018
Fun in the snow at Shaws Bridge in Belfast as snow continued to fall overnight in parts of Northern Ireland.
Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 2nd March 2018 Fun in the snow at Shaws Bridge in Belfast as snow continued to fall overnight in parts of Northern Ireland. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Downhill with frozen waterfalls. Picture by Laura McDermott.
Downhill with frozen waterfalls. Picture by Laura McDermott
Downhill with frozen waterfalls. Picture by Laura McDermott.
Downhill with frozen waterfalls. Picture by Laura McDermott.
Downhill with frozen waterfalls. Picture by Laura McDermott.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 2nd March 2018 A snow covered Shaws Bridge in Belfast as snow continued to fall overnight in parts of Northern Ireland. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 2nd March 2018 James Daily(12) and his sister Lauren(10) take advantage of the school closures and have fun in the snow at Shaws Bridge in Belfast as snow continued to fall overnight in parts of Northern Ireland. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 2nd March 2018 Fun in the snow at Shaws Bridge in Belfast as snow continued to fall overnight in parts of Northern Ireland. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 2nd March 2018 Oliver Watson(12) and his brother Conor(8) take advantage of the school closures and have fun in the snow in the Fourwinds area of Belfast as snow continued to fall overnight in parts of Northern Ireland. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Motorists face treturous driving conditions on the M1 near Moira as heavy snow sweeps across the east of the country. Pic by Peter Morrison
Motorists face treturous driving conditions on the M1 near Moira as heavy snow sweeps across the east of the country. Pic by Peter Morrison
Snow igloo
Schools closed and travel disruption amid heavy Northern Ireland snowfall. James Murphy pictured enjoying the snow at Stormont in Belfast. Picture By: Arthur Allison/ Pacemaker.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 1st March 2018 Two-year-old Jamie Hamilton has fun in the snow at Stormont in east Belfast as heavy snow fell in parts of Northern Ireland overnight causing some traffic problems and school closures. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 1st March 2018 Fun in the snow at Stormont in east Belfast as heavy snow fell in parts of Northern Ireland overnight causing some traffic problems and school closures. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 1st March 2018 Seven-year-old Rachel Hamilton has fun in the snow at Stormont in east Belfast as heavy snow fell in parts of Northern Ireland overnight causing some traffic problems and school closures. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 1st March 2018 Fun in the snow at Stormont in east Belfast as heavy snow fell in parts of Northern Ireland overnight causing some traffic problems and school closures. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 1st March 2018 Fun in the snow at Stormont in east Belfast as heavy snow fell in parts of Northern Ireland overnight causing some traffic problems and school closures. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 1st March 2018 Fun in the snow at Stormont in east Belfast as heavy snow fell in parts of Northern Ireland overnight causing some traffic problems and school closures. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Snow Hits Northern Ireland Heavy overnight snow and regular heavy snow showers throughout the morning caused havoc for commuters but provided a perfect backdrop for photos in Tandragee Co Armagh Photo by Pacemaker Press
Snow Hits Northern Ireland Heavy overnight snow and regular heavy snow showers throughout the morning caused havoc for commuters but provided a perfect backdrop for photos in Tandragee Co Armagh Photo by Pacemaker Press
Snow Hits Northern Ireland Heavy overnight snow and regular heavy snow showers throughout the morning caused havoc for commuters but provided a perfect backdrop for photos in Tandragee Co Armagh Photo by Pacemaker Press
Snow Hits Northern Ireland Heavy overnight snow and regular heavy snow showers throughout the morning caused havoc for commuters but provided a perfect backdrop for photos in Tandragee Co Armagh Photo by Pacemaker Press
A man is uninjured after slipping during the wintery weather in Belfast City Centre on Thursday. Road users have been advised to allow extra time for their journeys due to snow and ice. Picture By: Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker.
Battling threw the wintery weather in Belfast City Centre on Thursday. Further snow showers are expected, and is set to cause more disruption across Northern Ireland. Picture By: Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker.
Battling threw the wintery weather in Belfast City Centre on Thursday. Further snow showers are expected, and is set to cause more disruption across Northern Ireland. Picture By: Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker.
Battling threw the wintery weather in Belfast City Centre on Thursday. Further snow showers are expected, and is set to cause more disruption across Northern Ireland. Picture By: Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker.
Snow on the Derry's Walls yesterday. Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 28.02.18
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 1st March 2018 The scene in Moneyrea, Co. Down, as heavy snow fell in parts of Northern Ireland overnight. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 1st March 2018 The scene on the Ballygowan, outside Belfast, as heavy snow fell in parts of Northern Ireland overnight. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 1st March 2018 The scene in Moneyrea, Co. Down, as heavy snow fell in parts of Northern Ireland overnight. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 1st March 2018 The scene in Moneyrea, Co. Down, as heavy snow fell in parts of Northern Ireland overnight. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Snow on the Derry's Walls yesterday. Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 28.02.18
Snow on the Derry's Walls yesterday. Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 28.02.18

Hospital appointments were cancelled and the public advised to stay at home and only venture out if absolutely necessary.

The Republic of Ireland was put into a virtual shutdown with everyone advised to be home by 4pm on Thursday and stay there until 3pm on Friday.

Dublin airport has been closed until Saturday. As too have cross border rail services. While bus services are under review. Ferry services were also affected.

In sport Ulster's game against Glasgow was postponed and the GAA cancelled its entire weekend of fixtures.

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