Friday 9 December 2016

Motorists warned to be on alert on country's roads during cold snap

Published 11/01/2016 | 22:19

Cars drive across a snow-covered Sally Gap in Co Wicklow Photo: Damien Eagers
Cars drive across a snow-covered Sally Gap in Co Wicklow Photo: Damien Eagers
Sheep in snow-covered fields in Glencullen Photo: Niall Carson/PA Wire
Cars negotiate a snow-covered Sally Gap in Wicklow

Gardai have warned motorists to be on alert on the country's roads overnight.

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The warning comes after one of the coldest nights so far this winter, with further frost and ice expected in the next 12 hours.

Gardai asked drivers to slow down and give extra braking time.

"Further frost and ice is expected tonight, slow down, give extra braking time, be aware of other road users, ensure all lights working, be safe," they wrote online.

Falls of sleet and snow are expected on high ground in the west and north of the country, while temperatures are set to plunge to zero.

Winds are set to increase from "fresh to strong" overnight, making it feel very cold.

Temperatures are set to drop to below freezing on Tuesday night.

AA Roadwatch also posted a warning on Twitter ahead of the cold snap, recommending motorists to drive slowly, use a low gear and keep the revs high.

Meanwhile, gardai behind the official Twitter account also posted a tribute to the late David Bowie today.

Quoting the lyrics of 'Jean Genie', they wrote: "He’s so simple minded, he can’t drive his module, he bites on the neon and sleeps in a capsule

"Whatever your driving please drive with care."

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