Disruption as snow moves across Northern Irelandon February 13, 2021 at 1:41 pm

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Yellow wind warnings are issued for parts of NI and the Republic of Ireland for Sunday.

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Weather warnings for wind have been issued for Northern Ireland as heavy snow continues to cause disruption.

A yellow warning for snow is in place across Northern Ireland until 22:00 GMT on Saturday.

Transport has been disrupted and sporting fixtures called off, with people advised to only make necessary journeys.

In the Republic of Ireland there is also yellow weather warning for snow in most areas.

The Met Office has issued a yellow warning for wind for counties Down and Antrim from 04:00 GMT to 23:59 GMT on Sunday.

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Met Éireann has issued an orange warning for wind for counties Donegal, Mayo and Dublin, warning of the risk of “coastal flooding”.

The rest of the country is subject to a yellow warning.

About 3,200 homes and businesses remain without power in the Republic of Ireland.

Snow in Armagh

In NI, travellers have been warned to expect slippery, icy conditions and possible blizzards due to strong winds, with advice being issued to stay at home.

A few centimetres of snow is likely to accumulate even at lower levels on Saturday, with perhaps as much 10 to 15 cms over higher hills.

Translink has said all bus services to and from Armagh city have been suspended until further notice, while there is also disruption on the Belfast-Dublin and Belfast-Newry routes.

The public transport operator will be posting any delays due to bad weather on its Twitter account.

Belfast City Council said Roselawn Cemetery will be closed to visitors on Saturday because of the weather.

Police in Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon District have said the Newry Road, Gosford Road and Folly Lane are all impassable.

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In Omagh, County Tyrone, there are reports the Tamlagh Road is blocked, while in County Fermanagh people have been urged to stay away from the Cuilcagh Boardwalk.

Parts of the path are inaccessible due to the weather and road access in the area is described as “hazardous”.

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The Glentoran v Coleraine match has also been postponed following a pitch inspection.

Portadown’s fixture against Cliftonville has been moved from 15:00 to 17:00, with a pitch inspection at 15:00.

The snow will eventually clear away to the east later in the afternoon, when temperatures will recover to between 4C and 6C.

Saturday night will be cloudy and windy, but mainly dry, with lows of 1C or 2C and icy conditions expected.

Sunday will become milder with temperatures rising to 9C or 10C.

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A number of crashes have been reported on motorway sin the Republic of Ireland, including on the M1 and on the M3, where there was an eight-car pile-up between junctions 6 and 7.

No injuries have been reported.

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