Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland disruption continues after snowfall

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Media captionDrivers faced difficult driving conditions across Northern Ireland

Snow showers will continue in Northern Ireland on Friday night, with some of them heavy in the north and east.

Snow fell across many parts of NI earlier, resulting in travel disruption. A number of schools closed, as did Belfast Zoo.

Translink has said it has had to terminate some buses along parts of their routes on Friday evening.

There are also a number of delays and cancellations to flights at both the International and Belfast City Airport.

A yellow weather warning for snow and ice is in place until Sunday.

Wintry showers will linger across the north and east overnight, while it will become drier elsewhere.

There will be widespread frost and ice overnight. with a minimum temperature of -3 °C.

Image caption Snow scene outside Downpatrick in County Down
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Media captionBBC News NI website readers send in their pictures of the snow

Analysis by Geoff Maskell, BBC weather presenter

As the remains of Storm Caroline pull away to the east, it has accelerated a blast of cold Arctic air southwards across Northern Ireland.

Image caption Snow near Nutts Corner, County Antrim

This body of cold air has been travelling more quickly than we would normally expect from a north-westerly flow of weather, so it's had less time to warm up as it passes over the sea.

What it has done is collect moisture from the North Sea, which is falling as snow as that air rises and cools over the hills of Northern Ireland.

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Image caption Snow before midnight in Moira, County Down on Thursday

That conveyor belt of showers will continue through today, overnight and on into Saturday and we have a yellow severe weather warning for both snow and ice in place until Saturday evening.

Image caption Champagne Labrador Pongo enjoys the snow in Loughinisland, County Down

Police warned motorists to leave extra time for their journeys on Friday.

The Rathlin ferry service has been cancelled because of the weather.

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Image caption Downpatrick in County Down woke up to a covering of the white stuff
Image caption Snow has fallen overnight in Londonderry and across much of the northwest

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