Road Conditions In South East 'Extremely Difficult'

Responders are continuing to work round the clock to keep people safe during the current difficult weather conditions as the Met Office confirmed a yellow weather warning for snow and ice is in place for Northern Ireland into Saturday.

Multi-agency preparations have been ongoing since Monday. Representatives from Northern Ireland departments, councils, utilities and emergency services met this morning, Friday 02 March, to ensure the collective response is as effective as possible.

The Department for Infrastructure has advised that road conditions in the south east in particular are extremely difficult. While efforts continue to clear snow from the main roads and snow ploughing is ongoing, local people should only travel if necessary.

Salting on the scheduled road network across the rest of Northern Ireland will continue and road users should continue to take extra care if travelling.

The PSNI has asked that motorists slow down, use adequate lights, keep a safe distance from the vehicle in front and be as careful as possible if driving in the difficult conditions. They have also urged the public to check on their neighbours during this period. 

Health providers are urging the public to check on the elderly and vulnerable relatives during the cold snap. Trusts are advising the public to check social media for latest updates on services.
News Image
The Department for Communities has confirmed that the latest spell of cold weather has triggered a further round of Cold Weather Payments for parts of Northern Ireland.

A further £1 million will be paid automatically to approximately 43,000 people who qualify for the payment and are living in the postcode areas covered by the Met Office's Katesbridge and Glenanne weather stations.

The postcode areas affected are BT24-26, BT30-35 and BT60-71. Only those qualifying customers living in these postcode areas will receive the £25 payment. The Department will make the payments automatically and customers can expect to receive their payment on Wednesday, 07 March. Further information available on the Department for Communities website.

NI Water is appealing to property owners to leave the heating on low if the building is going to close for a few days and where it is safe to do so, to check empty properties over the weekend for burst pipes.

Advice for farmers can be found on the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs website. For animal welfare advice, DAERA can be contacted on 0300 200 7840.

Additional contact numbers for other areas of DAERA can be found on Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs website.

School closures are listed on the Department of Education website.

Information and advice, including who to call in the event of an emergency, is available on nidirect.

Related Northern Ireland News Stories
Click here for the latest headlines.

23 February 2015
Met Office Issues Yellow Weather Warning
The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning to drivers for icy conditions across Northern Ireland. Sleet and hail showers are expected as well as strong winds with gusts of 60-70 mph.
02 March 2018
Schools Closures Across NI
The Department of Education have published a list of all schools across that have confirmed they will be closed today, Friday 2nd March, 2018 due to the adverse weather conditions.
11 September 2015
Yellow Weather Warning Issued Across Northern Ireland
The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for rain across Northern Ireland. The warning is from 6pm on Friday to 2pm on Saturday. Strong winds are also expected.
27 March 2013
Extreme Weather Operations Ongoing
Search and rescue operations are continuing across Northern Ireland, as the emergency services come to the aid of those living in remote areas and farmers whose livestock have been threatened by extreme weather. An Irish Army Helicopter is reported to be on hand to help, should it be needed.
05 January 2006
Road death figures are lowest in 50 years
Figures released today by the Department of the Environment have revealed that road deaths in Northern Ireland last year were at the lowest level in 50 years. The total number of road deaths in 2005 totalled 136, the lowest number since 1952 when 133 people lost their lives at at time when there was one eighth of the number of vehicles on the road.
18 November 2015
Met Office Issues Yellow Weather Warning
The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for strong wind and rain throughout Northern Ireland from noon on Wednesday until 3am on Thursday. Southwesterly gales are expected to develop on Wednesday and they may become severe in some areas during the afternoon and evening. Gusts of 60-70mph are expected along the north coast.
30 January 2004
Winter weather triggers cold weather payments
Cold Weather Payments are to be paid to approximately 36,000 people in the Mid Ulster and South Eastern regions of Northern Ireland. The announcement by the Department for Social Development today follows the recent low temperatures recorded over the last week in certain areas of the province.
26 August 2002
Armstrong hits out at British government for failing farmers
Billy Armstrong, Ulster Unionist Party MLA for Mid-Ulster, and a member of the assembly agriculture committee has hit out at the Labour government for failing to aid farmers.
07 March 2018
79% Of Plastic Found On NI Beaches - Report
An average of over 500 items of litter have been found on every 100m of beach in Northern Ireland since 2012. A total of 79% of the litter was plastic, according to the 2017 Marine Litter Report, which has been published by Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful.
19 July 2007
Weather warning for Northern Ireland
The Met Office has issued a severe weather warning across Northern Ireland following reports of a mini tornado near Hillsborough in County Down. Torrential downpours are likely to arrive in the next few hours with heavy, locally thundery showers.
17 July 2007
Weather warning issued for Northern Ireland
More heavy rain and thunderstorms are expected in Northern Ireland today, the Met Office has warned. The freak weather which brought flash floods to many parts of the province is due again, with up to 20mm of rainfall possible in places within a short period of time.
20 April 2009
Two Motorcyclists Die On NI Roads
There were two road fatalities in Northern Ireland at the weekend. Along with a third road crash victim in Co Donegal this brings the death toll across Ireland to three in just 48 hours. Both of the victims in Northern Ireland were motorcyclists and the driver of a car lost his life in the Co Donegal crash.
27 June 2008
Child Road Deaths At All Time Low
Northern Ireland's child road casualty figures have fallen to the lowest level on record. During a visit to Oakwood Integrated Primary School in Dunmurry, NI Environment Minister Sammy Wilson revealed the new statistics. "Huge progress has been made in reducing child casualties in Northern Ireland.
12 February 2003
Smith calls on North/South links to reduce road deaths
During a speech delivered in Dublin last night, NIO Minister Angela Smith highlighted the need to forge greater cross-border links in reducing road deaths in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.
11 November 2005
NIE issues weather warning
The adverse weather conditions forecast throughout Northern Ireland this weekend could cause damage to the electricity network, particularly in rural and coastal areas, the NIE said today.