Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland roads warning after overnight snow

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Image caption Further sleet or snow showers are expected later on Tuesday

Snow has been affecting many areas across Northern Ireland, leading to school closures and treacherous road conditions.

Up to four ins (10cm) of snow has fallen in many parts, particularly on higher ground. Snow ploughs were necessary in some of the worst affected areas.

Several accidents have been reported.

More than 30 schools have been closed due to the weather with the Newry and Armagh areas worst hit.

The Roads Service has advised drivers to take extra care, particularly on untreated roads.

All ferry sailings between Rathlin Island and Ballycastle have been cancelled due to the conditions.

Further sleet or snow showers are expected later on Tuesday, but they will turn to rain as the afternoon approaches.

Some of the areas worst hit by the snow overnight included: Newry, A4 Ballygawley, A2 Coleraine Mountain Road, A36 Shanes Hill Road, A26 Coleraine to Ballymena, Moyle area including Ballycastle and the Glens, Keady, Moneyslane, Craigavon, A2 Bangor to Belfast Road, A24 Ballynahinch to Belfast Road, Glengormley, Newtownabbey and Carrickfergus areas and the Craigantlet Hills.

BBC Northern Ireland weather presenter Cecilia Daly said it would remain very cold.

"It will be very windy this evening and overnight with severe gales and gusts up to 60 mph in some exposed areas of the north and east.

"There may be some localised damage due to the high winds. Still some wintry showers tonight and the risk of ice as temperatures drop to 1 or 2 Celsius."

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