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Weather: Northern Ireland faces more snow, ice and roads chaos

Photos taken near Queen's - December 2017 / Credit: Steven Egan
Photos taken near Queen's - December 2017 / Credit: Steven Egan
Ballyclare - December 2017 / Credit: TT
A snowy morning walk in Knockbracken- - December 2017 . Pic: Lindsay Abraham
Snow in Belfast. Pic: Elisabete Tavares
Pippa in the snow in Gortin Plumbridge. Pic: Katie Ward
Pepper in the snow in Gortin Plumbridge. Pic: Katie Ward
Pepper and Pippa in the snow but prefer the cosy fire in Gortin Plumbridge. Pic: Katie Ward
Cooper (2 1/2) from Castlecaulfield
Harry Eakin 'enjoying and enduring' the snow in Portadown.
Photos taken near Queen's on Friday / Credit: Steven Egan
A dog enjoys the snow in Northern Ireland. Pic: Michael J O'Dwyer
A snowy morning walk in Knockbracken. Pic: Lindsay Abraham
A snowy morning walk in Knockbracken. Pic: Lindsay Abraham
Snow in Gortin Plumbridge. Pic: Katie Ward
Snow in Gortin Plumbridge. Pic: Katie Ward
Outside Keylite Roof Windows in Cookstown Co Tyrone. Pic Kevin Kelly
Jay Thompson castle boxing club Carrickfergus.
Pupils of Friends' Prep acquire a new Road Safety monitor after the snow. Pic: Simon Patterson
Jenson and Logan Wright enjoying the snow in Scotch Street, Portadown before school this morning
Pacemaker Press 08/12/2017 Children Ruben and Zara McGlinchey , Nathan McCann and Shea McLaughlin enjoying the snow in Crumlin , as heavy snow falls across Northern Ireland on Friday morning, leaving difficult driving conditions for motorists and some schools closed. Pic Colm Lenaghan/ Pacemaker
Pacemaker Press Belfast 08-12-2017: Heavy snow showers overnight have led to disruption across parts of Northern Ireland. Dozens of schools have been closed due to the wintery conditions. The snowfall means an unexpected day off for some young people. Police are advising road users to use extreme caution on the roads. Anne Curley pictured enjoying the snow. Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker.
Pacemaker Press 08/12/2017 A dog enjoying the snow in Crumlin , as heavy snow falls across Northern Ireland on Friday morning, leaving difficult driving conditions for motorists and some schools closed. Pic Colm Lenaghan/ Pacemaker
Pacemaker Press 08/12/2017 A dog enjoying the snow in Crumlin , as heavy snow falls across Northern Ireland on Friday morning, leaving difficult driving conditions for motorists and some schools closed. Pic Colm Lenaghan/ Pacemaker
Pacemaker Press 08/12/2017 A Snow Man on Divis Mountain in Co Antrim , as heavy snow falls across Northern Ireland on Friday morning, leaving difficult driving conditions for motorists and some schools closed. Pic Colm Lenaghan/ Pacemaker
General views of Snow in Belfast on December 8th 2017 (Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph)
Pacemaker Press Belfast 08-12-2017: Heavy snow showers overnight have led to disruption across parts of Northern Ireland. Dozens of schools have been closed due to the wintery conditions. The snowfall means an unexpected day off for some young people. Police are advising road users to use extreme caution on the roads. Paul and Ollie Forbes pictured enjoying the snow. Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker.
Pacemaker Press 08/12/2017 A Snow Man on Divis Mountain in Co Antrim , as heavy snow falls across Northern Ireland on Friday morning, leaving difficult driving conditions for motorists and some schools closed. Pic Colm Lenaghan/ Pacemaker
Pacemaker Press 08/12/2017 Battling threw the snow on Divis Mountain in Co Antrim , as heavy snow falls across Northern Ireland on Friday morning, leaving difficult driving conditions for motorists and some schools closed. Pic Colm Lenaghan/ Pacemaker
Pacemaker Press 08/12/2017 Battling threw the snow on Divis Mountain in Co Antrim , as heavy snow falls across Northern Ireland on Friday morning, leaving difficult driving conditions for motorists and some schools closed. Pic Colm Lenaghan/ Pacemaker
Pacemaker Press 08/12/2017 Children Ruben and Zara McGlinchey , Nathan McCann and Shea McLaughlin enjoying the snow in Crumlin , as heavy snow falls across Northern Ireland on Friday morning, leaving difficult driving conditions for motorists and some schools closed. Pic Colm Lenaghan/ Pacemaker
Pacemaker Press 08/12/2017 Battling threw the snow on Divis Mountain in Co Antrim , as heavy snow falls across Northern Ireland on Friday morning, leaving difficult driving conditions for motorists and some schools closed. Pic Colm Lenaghan/ Pacemaker
Pacemaker Press Belfast 08-12-2017: Heavy snow showers overnight have led to disruption across parts of Northern Ireland. Dozens of schools have been closed due to the wintery conditions. The snowfall means an unexpected day off for some young people. Police are advising road users to use extreme caution on the roads. Snow in North Belfast. Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker.
Pacemaker Press Belfast 08-12-2017: Police are advising road users to use extreme caution on the roads. Snow in North Belfast. Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker.
Pacemaker Press Belfast 08-12-2017: Heavy snow showers overnight have led to disruption across parts of Northern Ireland. Dozens of schools have been closed due to the wintery conditions. The snowfall means an unexpected day off for some young people. Police are advising road users to use extreme caution on the roads. Patrick Morgan pictured enjoying the snow. Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker.
Pacemaker Press 08/12/2017 Children Ruben and Zara McGlinchey enjoying the snow in Crumlin , as heavy snow falls across Northern Ireland on Friday morning, leaving difficult driving conditions for motorists and some schools closed. Pic Colm Lenaghan/ Pacemaker
Pacemaker Press Belfast 08-12-2017: Heavy snow showers overnight have led to disruption across parts of Northern Ireland. Dozens of schools have been closed due to the wintery conditions. The snowfall means an unexpected day off for some young people. Police are advising road users to use extreme caution on the roads. Patrick Morgan pictured enjoying the snow. Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker.
Pacemaker Press 08/12/2017 A dog enjoying the snow in Crumlin , as heavy snow falls across Northern Ireland on Friday morning, leaving difficult driving conditions for motorists and some schools closed. Pic Colm Lenaghan/ Pacemaker
Pacemaker Press 08/12/2017 Children Ruben and Zara McGlinchey , Nathan McCann and Shea McLaughlin enjoying the snow in Crumlin , as heavy snow falls across Northern Ireland on Friday morning, leaving difficult driving conditions for motorists and some schools closed. Pic Colm Lenaghan/ Pacemaker

BY CATE McCURRY

THE big freeze continues its grip on Northern Ireland as a yellow warning for snow and ice was extended to last throughout this morning.

Temperatures dropped to as low as -10C on Sunday night, making it the coldest night in the province this year. The cold snap caused commuter chaos yesterday morning as motorists battled treacherous roads with long delays on arterial routes.

Police responded to a high number of vehicle collisions and closed off impassable roads because of the icy conditions.

The Met Office last night issued a warning as ice was expected to form across Northern Ireland, with icy surfaces predicted to last into this morning.

"Some injuries are likely from slips and falls on these surfaces and icy patches will form on some untreated roads, pavements and cycle paths," a Met Office spokesman said.

Forecasters also issued a weather hazard warning in the Mourne Mountains.

The Met Office said there was a "high likelihood" of a severe chill factor on the mountains.

"Wind significantly lowers the 'feels-like' temperature relative to the actual temperature, with even moderate winds significantly adding to the chilling effect.

"Strong winds can result in a severe and debilitating wind chill many degrees below the actual temperature," the spokesman added.

"Without protection, prolonged exposure could result in frostnip or frostbite on exposed parts of the body and/or hypothermia."

Some schools remained closed because of the icy conditions while a number of exams and nativity plays were rescheduled.

Many homes around Belfast and Lisburn area had no power yesterday morning.

There was minimal disruption at Belfast City Airport as only British Airways flights from London were cancelled.

North Belfast residents voiced their concerns over the icy conditions of footpaths.

One retired 62-year-old woman told the Belfast Telegraph that many public footways were too treacherous to walk on.

"The pavements are so dangerous and someone could easily slip and break their bones," she said.

"If we drop litter we are fined £80 but yet no one is taking responsibility for the pavements.

"People are dancing on them and the elderly are scared to leave their homes.

"All they need to do is scatter sand to provide friction."

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