Northern Ireland traffic updates: Road near Belfast International Airport closed due to heavy flooding

Northern Ireland traffic updates: Road near Belfast International Airport closed due to heavy flooding

Flood and heavy rain warnings for NI

Motorists in east Belfast are advised of possible traffic disruption on Friday, November 9  in the Cregagh Road/ Ladas Drive/Mt Merrion Avenue /Onslow Parade areas between 6.30pm and 7.30pm and again between 9pm and 10pm due to a Ulster Rugby match at the Kingspan Stadium.  Police will be placing cones near Kingspan in relation to Public and Event safety and to facilitate Emergency Vehicle Access to the ground and local communities. Motorists are advised to comply with these restrictions. Anyone parking in the vicinity of the stadium should ensure drive ways and other access routes are kept clear, police said advising road users to follow instructions of officers on the ground.

A break in the heavy rainfall is expected at around 5:00pm on Wednesday however road users are still advised to exercise caution as flooding is expected to still cause problems.

The A2 between Belfast and Bangor was closed city bound due to flooding, with problems also A2 Sydenham By Pass, Castlereagh Road, Stranmillis Embankment and in south Belfast.

Heavy rain is expected to return to Northern Ireland in the early hours of Thursday morning but will begin to clear in time for morning rush-hour.

Drivers faced delays during the morning commute on Wednesday, with problems on a number of roads in Belfast, as well as parts of counties Antrim and Down.

Thursday is expected to be a much clearer day with some parts of the Province enjoying spells of sunshine.

Today’s weather system is linked to a large area of low pressure in the northern Atlantic, spinning about but throwing lots of fronts over the UK as a secondary low pressure develops and heads northwards, feeding more and more rain over parts of the UK. Northern Ireland has already seen flooding this morning and difficult conditions for the morning commute. The persistent rain heads northwards around 9am but there will be more rain today, off and on, until about 5pm. The warnings for SW England and southern Wales are for this morning as the occlusion works through heading NE but there will still be clusters of heavy and thundery showers to follow.

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