08/11/2010

Winter Storm Blows Across NI

High winds, driving rain and even snow have heralded the start of NI's winter - with motorists being urged to drive with caution on Monday morning after extreme weather overnight.

The Roads Service is warning of a risk of ice on roads in the west of the region and said it dealt with 49 fallen trees.

The Glenshane Pass - which was affected by snow - was treated on Sunday night and was today clear of snow but there were also 22 incidents of flooding on roads overnight.

The roads closed due to flooding were the Castletown Road (Ballynure) and Shore Road (Ballyhalbert).
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The roads closed due to fallen trees were the A2 Kilkeel to Newcastle Road at Bloody Bridge, Ballyloan Road (Downpatrick), Slievegrane Road (Downpatrick), Ardigon Road (Downpatrick), Ardkill Road (Londonderry) and Hollyhall Road (Derry).

It is understood the Foyle Bridge in Derry is closed to high-sided vehicles.

Salting has taken place on high ground routes considered to be at risk in the Londonderry, Limavady and mid-Ulster areas.

Motorists are being advised to exercise caution when travelling, not only due to the risk of ice on some roads, but also due to the possibility of debris on roads from the overnight storms.

See: Storm-Hit Roads May Have Claimed Lives

(BMcC/GK)

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