Snow causes disruption across Northern Ireland

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Snow and ice have caused significant disruption across many parts of Northern Ireland today.

Translink said some public transport was disrupted today in counties Down, Londonderry, Tyrone and Antrim and Armagh.

Conditions have forced schools to close in Counties Down and also in some parts of counties Antrim and Tyrone.

Schools closed today are as follows;-

County Down: Rathfriland High School, St Mary’s Primary School, Rathfriland, Drumadonnell Primary School and nursery, Banbridge, Dromara Primary School; Cortamlet Primary School, Altnamackin, Newry; Newtownhamilton High School, Newry; Iveagh Primary School, Rathfriland; Milltown Primary School, Banbridge; Fair Hill Primary School, Kinallen; Bronte Primary School and Nursery Unit, Banbridge.

County Tyrone: Our Lady of Lourdes, Greencastle, Drumragh Integrated College, Omagh; St Patrick’s Primary School, Gortin; Gortin Primary School, Gortin; St Matthew’s School, Ballygawley; St Patrick’s Primary School, Eskra; St Peter’s Primary School, Plumbridge.

County Antrim: Carr Primary School, Lisburn

Meanwhile, the PSNI has urged motorists to drive with care and issued a set of guidance points;-

• Slow down and leave plenty of room to stop. You should allow at least three times more space than usual between you and the car in front of you

• Brake gently to avoid skidding. If your wheels start to lock, ease off the brakes

• Turn on your lights to increase your visibility to other motorists and always clear all ice and snow off the car windows before setting out

• Drive slowly on snow in the highest gear possible.

• Never overtake snowploughs or gritting lorries. The drivers have limited visibility, and you’re likely to find the road in front of them worse than the road behind

• Do not assume your vehicle can handle all conditions. Even four-wheel drive vehicles can encounter trouble on winter roads.

A van driver was killed on Thursday morning when a tree fell on his vehicle in stormy conditions on the Hillsborough Road near Lisburn.