Northern Ireland

Rain and snow disrupt travel across Northern Ireland

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Media captionThe recent storm has affected many parts of Northern Ireland

Police have appealed to drivers across Northern Ireland to take extra care due to the adverse weather conditions.

Drivers are advised to slow down, use dipped headlights and keep a safe distance from the vehicle in front.

The Glenshane Pass in County Londonderry is passable with extreme care.

A yellow weather warning for heavy rain - the third highest of the severe weather alerts - is in place until Saturday morning.

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Image caption The Glenshane Pass in County Londonderry is passable with extreme care

BBC weather presenter Cecilia Daly said there would be blustery showers on Saturday, but there would be some sunshine as well.

Surface water

In Belfast, Friday night's rugby match between Ulster and Scarlets was postponed after referee Leighton Hodges deemed the Ravenhill pitch unplayable.

The match has been rearranged for March, with the 14th a possible date.

Hopes of playing the game on Saturday were dashed as flights and accommodation for the match officials and Scarlets team could not be arranged.

Translink said the bad weather had caused its Great Victoria Street to Larne train service to terminate at Whitehead.

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Image caption The match between Ulster and Scarlets was postponed after the pitch was deemed unplayable

Heavy rain in the Limavady and Magilligan areas of Londonderry resulted in stretches of road being covered in surface water.

Windyhill Road from Coleraine to Limavady has not been gritted. Drivers are advised to use Dunhill Road which is "passable with care".

Lower Rashee Road in Ballyclare is closed and drivers are advised to seek alternative routes.

The Longshot Road, Ballyclare, is closed. Diversions are in place at the Templepatrick Road roundabout and the Ballypalady Road.

In the Republic of Ireland, up to 50,000 homes and businesses were without power for a third night.

Engineers from electricity supplier ESB Networks have already restored power to 200,000 customers after violent storms on Wednesday.

The remaining customers without power are in the south and west.

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