Derry motorists and Christmas shoppers were faced with more traffic chaos yesterday as the big freeze continued to grip the entire North West.
With no end to the sub zero temperatures
in sight over the coming days, more sleet
and snow showers are predicted for today
and the beginning of the week.
Yesterday, a Roads Service spokesperson
said snow was still affecting many roads.
"In addition, with temperatures sub-zero
across the province, there is also the risk of
widespread ice on roads," he said.
"Salting and ploughing has been ongoing
yesterday evening and overnight, and additional
treatment is underway this morning.
Private plough operators are also being
deployed to provide additional resources."
While City of Derry Airport re-opened
yesterday following overnight snowfall on
Friday, all flights suffered delays and some
With a weather warning still in place,
the weather conditions are set to remain
treacherous for driving as the snow eases
later this week to be replaced by freezing
fog. Speaking to the Sunday Journal, Met
office forecaster Deirdre Lowe, warned
that, although Derry will see a reduction in
snow showers, freezing fog will remain and
temperatures will drop as low as -6 degrees
in some areas of the North West.
"It's not going to get much worse," she
said. "But the cold, cold weather will remain
and fog will make road conditions
very poor. It will be bitterly cold right up
until the end of the week with no sign of a
thaw in the run up to Christmas."
However Ms Lowe couldn't confirm if
Derry would have a white Christmas.
"It looks like it will be dry on Christmas
Day, but I couldn't be sure if it will be white
at this stage," she said.
Sunday will see the icy conditions continue.
Any freezing fog will gradually clear
during the morning. While many parts will
be dry, there will be some isolated snow
showers locally. Temperatures in the North
West are expected to range from -5 to +1