Northern Ireland

Snow: Drivers urged to take extra care due to icy conditions

This lorry got stuck on Main Street in Moira Image copyright Darren Crooks
Image caption This lorry got stuck on Main Street in Moira

Snow is causing disruption for drivers in parts of Northern Ireland.

The Met Office has issued a yellow warning for snow and ice. It remains in place until 10:00 GMT on Wednesday.

Snow and ice are causing problems on the M1 between Portadown and Lisburn. Trafficwatch NI says there are seven lorries stuck on Main Street, Moira.

Visibility is poor between Banbridge and Belfast on the A1. Treacherous conditions have also been reported on the Glenshane Pass.

Traffic on the A1 heading towards Hillsborough and Lisburn is backed up to Dromore.

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Image caption Plenty of snow fell on the hills around Derry while there was a light dusting on lower levels

A number of other lorries are reported as being stuck because of the snow - two at Sprucefield, Lisburn, two on the Saintfield Road, near Dobbies and one on the Rock Road in Lisburn.

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Image caption Traffic on the A1 heading towards Hillsborough and Lisburn is backed up to Dromore

Other areas affected by the snow are Newtownstewart, Drumbo, Dromara, Hillsborough, Castlederg, Portaferry and Portavogie.

School closures

Two schools in County Tyrone are closed because of the snow - St Joseph's Primary School, Galbally and Ardstraw Primary School, Newtownstewart.

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Image caption Ryan Mills woke up to a winter wonderland in Omagh on Wednesday morning

People texting into @BBCgmu reported that heavy snow was making driving conditions very difficult on the Upper Hightown Road in Mallusk, the Ligoniel Road in north Belfast, Killyleagh and in Omagh.

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Image caption The Kerr family in Cloughey, County Down, had time to build a snowman before the children set off for school

Drivers can keep up to date @BBCNITravel.

The Kerr family in Cloughey, County Down, had time to build a snowman before the children set off for school.

Translink said many of its services were delayed on Wednesday morning as a result of poor road conditions.

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Image caption Several inches of snow fell in Omagh overnight

It is asking customers to allow extra time for their journeys.

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Image caption A number of cars and vans became stuck on the back roads from Lisburn to Belfast as a result of the snow

The Rathlin Ferry has also been affected because of the weather.

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Image caption Nicola McCourt took this picture of daffodils buried in the snow

Sailings will depart Rathlin at 09:00 GMT and depart Ballycastle at 10:00 GMT but all other ferry sailings have been cancelled on Wednesday.

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Image caption A snow flurry in Portstewart, County Londonderry

TransportNI said salting was completed overnight.

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Image caption William Anderson sent us this photograph from Sixmilecross, County Tyrone

It said road users should expect some difficult driving conditions with the potential for travel disruption into the morning peak period.

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Image caption This is the scene that David Brownlow woke up to in Newmills, County Tyrone

Drivers are urged to take extra care on untreated roads.

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