Winter storms batter Mid-Ulster

WINTER storms battered Mid-Ulster from Tuedsay night right into Wednesday morning bringing traffic on many main roads throughout Cookstown and Magherafelt to a stand still.

Parents, school children and commuters faced long delays in Magherafelt after the Moneymore Road became backed up with traffic due to severe icy conditions.

On Tuesday night the Roshure Road between Magherafelt and Desertmartin was closed for sometime after gale force winds brought down a tree blocking the main road. Up to 5cm of snow covered high ground on Wednesday morning close to the Sperrins and roads throughout Cookstown District Council area were awash with thick icy sludge making it difficult for both drivers and pedestrians to travel.

Some rural areas also experienced blizzard like conditions overnight on Tuesday as the Met Office issued a severe weather warning for strong winds and snow through to Wednesday morning.

Roads thought to be at risk of snow or ice were salted by Roads Service on Tuesday evening and Wednesday morning.

Sunny spells melted snow and sludge yesterday afternoon but the Met Office has warned that “significant rain and snow” would occur throughout Thursday, though no severe weather warnings had been issued at the time of going to press.