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Sunday 23 October 2016

Live: Commuter chaos as snow-ice warning hits part of the country, and Luas strike hits 90,000

Published 18/02/2016 | 07:31

Some of the images from a bitterly cold morning across Ireland
Some of the images from a bitterly cold morning across Ireland

A snow-ice warning is in place this morning for several counties along the Atlantic coast.

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The warning will bring further difficulties for commuters coming into Dublin this morning, as Luas services are not operating due to industrial action.

The travelling public will have to deal with heavy congestion around the capital, a knock-on effect from the Luas strike. The latest stoppage is scheduled to run today and tomorrow, hitting about 90,000 passengers each day and forcing them to seek alternative transport.

Luas tickets are not valid on alternative transport.

Meanwhile, AA Roadwatch has warned that roads are particularly icy around Cavan Town, Letterkenny, Castlebar, Kilkenny city and Mullingar.

“If driving in snow or ice, remember that stopping distances are up to ten times longer. As well as that, leave extra time to de-ice your car this morning,” a statement on its website says.

In Dublin, delays are already being experienced along the Grand Canal from Harrold's Cross to Leeson Street bridge, and from Swords into the junction of Dorset Street and North Circular Road.

Met Eireann issued the status yellow warning last night, and it remains in effect until 11am today.

There was widespread frost overnight with lowest temperatures falling to between 0 and -3 degrees.

Scattered snow showers are mostly affecting parts of west Munster, Connacht and west Ulster, and accumulations of one to three centimetres will be seen in some areas, especially on higher ground.

Highest temperatures today will fall between five to eight degrees.

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