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'Chaos' in Co Derry as snow and ice closes schools and causes travel disruption

Wintry conditions on the Glenshane Pass. Picture by Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
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A number of primary schools across Co Derry are closed because of snow and icy conditions.

These include Long Tower, St Patrick's Pennyburn and St Brigid's.

Translink bus services will also be hit with delays and disruption throughout the day.

A Derry filmmaker and photographer tweeted that "chaos erupts in Derry." 

Aodhán Roberts posted photos of a vehicle which had hit a gas box on the Creggan Road. 

Speaking to BBC Radio Foyle, Mr Durkan said his office was inundated with calls for assistance and that the Department for Infrastructure (DfI) had "come up short".

"It's awful that schools are having to close because of the state of the roads around the district, it's shambolic to be frank.

"There was chaos around the city last night, we were inundated with calls, photos and video footage of collisions.

"We do our best to relay these requests to DfI. In some instances I was able to assist personally on different streets with salt, but the bigger picture is that DfI have come up short here."

The Met Office issued a new weather warning for snow and ice across the north as police warned of "trecherous" driving conditions in Derry.

The latest yellow warning was issued after a previous warning was in place until noon on Monday.

Motorists and pedestrians are being advised that the snow and ice warning is now in place until at least noon on Tuesday, with icy patches expected on untreated roads and pavements leading to a risk of "some injuries from slips and falls".

Parts of counties Down and Armagh were not included in the latest warning.

The Met Office said higher areas could expect up to 10 inches of snowfall in some cases.

"In addition, icy stretches are likely to form following showers," a spokesperson said.

Police in Derry said on Monday evening that officers were dealing with "multiple" collisions in Derry and Strabane "due to the treacherous weather conditions".

A PSNI spokesperson said: "Please only venture onto the roads if absolutely necessary, take extra care when driving, expect delays and drive according to the conditions of the road.

"We appreciate your understanding and patience as we respond to all calls and attempt to clear the roads."

Met Éireann also issued a fresh status yellow warning for Tuesday, stating wintry showers were expected in the north west and south west regions.



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