Saturday 22 July 2017

Dangerous driving conditions expected as countrywide snow-ice warning comes into effect

Forecasters at Met Éireann expect snow and sleet in hilly areas across the western side of the country. Stock picture
Forecasters at Met Éireann expect snow and sleet in hilly areas across the western side of the country. Stock picture
Louise Kelly

Louise Kelly

Commuters have been warned to expect some dangerous driving conditions as temperatures nationwide forecast to drop below freezing overnight.

Met Eireann have issued a snow-ice warning for the country and the warning is valid from 8pm Monday night until midday on Tuesday.

According to the national forecaster, showers of snow are expected during the night and on Tuesday morning.

While accumulations of snow of up to 3cm are possible on a local level, it is likely to gather mainly on hills and mountains in the West.

AA Roadwatch have warned drivers to take additional care if travelling on the roads while the yellow weather warning is in place.

"Give yourself plenty of time to reach your destination and use major routes as they are more likely to have been gritted than secondary roads," said an AA spokesperson.

"Remember, stopping distances are 10 times longer in ice and snow".

Meanwhile, there have been reports of a serious collision on the M1 northbound at Junction 5 Balbriggan South.

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