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

A yellow weather warning for wind and snow is in place from Wednesday until Friday afternoon.

Heavy snow blanketed Northern Ireland mid-morning with Coleraine and Ballymena among the towns experiencing the most.

Forecasters said temperatures to drop on Wednesday evening as heavy showers turned to sleet and snow. At 9am on Thursday morning 3cm of snow was reported at Ballypatrick Forest in the Antrim Glens with more to come.

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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 Thursday it is expected to be brighter with sunny intervals and scattered wintry showers forecast. However the Met Office predicts it will feel bitterly cold with the maximum temperature reaching 5 degrees.

From Friday to Sunday wintry showers are expected to continue along with the wind. Showers will turn to sleet on Saturday and it will still be breezy.

Winds are expected to ease on Sunday but it will remain cloudy with the chance of rain later on. On Wednesday the already strong overnight winds had caused trees to fall in Broughshane and Ballymena in Co Antrim.

Meanwhile 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