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Disruption across north to traffic and flights due to wintry weather

A gritter from the Northern Ireland Department of Infrastructure clears the road during heavy snowfall on the Glenshane Pass in Co Derry Picture by Liam McBurney/PA
By Aoife Moore

WINTRY weather has caused disruption across Northern Ireland with snow and sleet falling through the day.

Snowy conditions were reported across Counties Antrim, Derry and Donegal throughout the day, causing traffic build-up due to poor visibility, and a number of minor accidents.

The Met Office issued a weather warning for ice and snow, which was valid since 4pm on Tuesday until 11am on Wednesday, and highlighted areas in the north and west most at risk.

Ice could form on some surfaces overnight, with further wintry showers, and people were urged to be wary of injuries from falls on icy surfaces.

The Met Office said "higher routes such as Glenshane Pass and parts of the M2" were among the worst affected by the snowfall.

Belfast International Airport was forced to close its runway due to heavy snow, causing delays to several flights.

The snow had been cleared by around 7pm and the runway reopened, but flights have been severely impacted for several hours.

The PSNI advised motorists to reduce their speed and be cautious when driving and to avoid unnecessary journeys.

Translink said it was "making every effort" to keep public transport services moving during the snow.

"Safety is our top priority and some routes may face unavoidable revisions or cancellations in worst affected areas," a spokesman said.

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