New crash warning to motorists
Severe frost and freezing fog to cause more chaos
Published 08/12/2010 | 05:00
MOTORISTS have been warned of new crash risks over the next 48 hours with severe frost and freezing fog expected to grip many parts of the country today after night-time temperatures fell as low as -9C.
Met Eireann predicts that it will not be as cold tomorrow with the first signs of a real thaw evident.
Yesterday more snow fell and freezing conditions again gripped the country, particularly in central and southern parts of Leinster and in parts of Munster.
Many main roads and the majority of secondary and local routes will remain dangerous today after black ice was dusted with fresh snow yesterday.
Some roads around the country remain impassable, while householders complained bitterly about the dangerous condition of many footpaths.
The Automobile Association warned that main roads were wet and slushy but secondary routes remained "treacherous with compacted snow and fresh snow".
The motoring organisation warned that stopping distances for drivers were up to 10 times greater in icy conditions.
There were wet and slushy road conditions in the city due to heavy sleet showers. Secondary roads and housing estates are in extremely poor condition.
Pedestrians are being urged to be cautious as footpaths are extremely icy.
Fresh falls of snow in Kildare, Meath, Wicklow and Louth added to the bitter cold.
Dublin Airport is fully operational along with Iarnrod Eireann services. However, some Bus Eireann services were curtailed, as well as services on some Dublin Bus routes.
Seven inches of snow fell in parts of the north-east on Monday night but by yesterday afternoon there were signs of a thaw.
The main roads in Louth were passable with care while minor roads and estate roads remained dangerous.
Black ice caused traffic chaos in Cork yesterday as snow that thawed overnight froze and left dozens of roads ice-bound.
Numerous parts of Cork city and suburbs were left virtually inaccessible due to ice-bound roads. Worst hit was Glanmire and Cobh where gardai urged motorists to avoid the area.
Early morning snowfall caused yet another day of chaos on the roads across the south-east.
Treacherous road conditions were reported in Carlow and Kilkenny where drivers experienced freezing fog and black ice.
Several areas of Galway, along with parts of the west side of Galway city, have been without water and can expect disruptions to continue over the next few days.
Heavy snow fell across Limerick and surrounding regions yesterday. All motorists throughout the mid-west were urged to drive with caution following another day of freezing temperatures and intermittent snow showers.
Limerick city, which has managed to escape from the worst of the Arctic conditions since last week, was covered in a blanket of snow yesterday afternoon. Footpaths in the city were particularly treacherous.
Donegal County Council came under fire yesterday for closing one of a county's main regional roads to traffic.
The Errigal Road, which links Letterkenny with the west Donegal Gaeltacht of Gweedore, remained closed for a second day yesterday due to further snowfall.
Meanwhile black ice and compacted snow also created treacherous conditions in Counties Sligo and Leitrim.
Secondary roads in Kildare, Laois and Westmeath were very icy. The M7 motorway was down to one lane in parts.
Smaller roads in Kilcullen were very icy and particular care is still needed on Sunny Hill, which is reportedly impassable.