NI freeze continues with more snow

Published Wednesday, 27 March 2013
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More snow will fall across parts of Northern Ireland throughout Wednesday and possibly overnight, with temperatures falling below freezing.

NI freeze continues with more snow
Fresh snowfall in Belfast on Wednesday. (© Pacemaker)

According to forecasters, the worst of the wintry snap may be over - but cold, albeit drier, conditions are likely to continue over the Easter break.

"There will be a few more snow showers to come today," John Wylie from the Met Office told UTV.

"But they'll become increasingly lighter and scattered as the day goes on."

"I think really once we get over today and head into the Easter break, there'll be a lot of dry weather to come - and that will be welcome news because it means the thaw of snow on high ground that's going on will be manageable and controlled."

Temperatures on Wednesday night are expected to drop to -3C.

Meanwhile, the Roads Service continues to urge motorists to take care.

"The road network is reported to be in generally good condition," a statement read.

"However, there has been snow fall reported as widespread as Omagh to Fivemiletown, with more significant accumulations in the Ballynahinch-Saintfield-Warringstown-Carn areas.

"Co Down generally has been affected."

The statement added: "In all areas, the roads have been salted accordingly. Melt water is causing dampness on some roads, particularly on some high ground routes. These too have been treated."

Some parts of Northern Ireland - particularly in the Glens of Antrim, South Down and Greater Belfast areas - remain cut off due to huge snow drifts.

Supplies are being dropped by an RAF Chinook helicopter to those worst affected.

© UTV News
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