Snow disruption hits Tyrone schools with storm winds to follow

Snow hits the Sperrins
Snow hits the Sperrins

Snow and ice are making driving conditions difficult in some parts of County Tyrone, and several schools have been closed.

In total, half a dozen local schools were forced to shut their doors this morning (Wednesday), with more weather disruption predicted for this evening.

High winds have been forecast to hit Northern Ireland as part of a weather system that is bringing hurricane winds to the south of England.

The Met Office has issued a series of severe weather warnings and said this will be followed by a vigorous area of low pressure which is expected to sweep across Northern Ireland later today, bringing a swathe of south-westerly gales.

The warning predicted a risk of disruption to transport and possibly power supplies, with large waves affecting some UK coastlines.

Forecasters MeteoGroup said the centre of the low pressure system is expected to move across Northern Ireland, making it tricky to predict when the gales will be at their height.

The centre of the low is expected to bring a lull in the high winds, with strong winds expected around midday and again late afternoon.“We could see gusts of 50-60mph and it could potentially be a little bit stronger than that in places,” MeteoGroup forecaster Gareth Harvey said.

The closed schools are:

St Patrick’s Primary School, Gortin, County Tyrone

Ardstraw Jubilee Primary School, Strabane, County Tyrone

Altishane Primary School, County Tyrone

Artigarvan Primary School, County Tyrone

Bready Jubilee Primary School, County Tyrone

Castlederg High School, Castlederg, County Tyrone