Snow-ice warning: commuters advised to take extra care on icy roads amid sleet showers
A yellow weather warning is in effect this morning as falling snow and icy roads are expected nationwide.
Met Eireann issued the snow-ice alert at 2am this morning and it is to remain in place until 11am.
Early morning rain turned increasingly to sleet and snow across the country as the day got off to a chilly start.
Frost, fog and icy stretches are then forecast towards later morning as the last of the rain, sleet and snow clears the East coast.
Big tree down on Chapel hill, Lucan. Road closed. pic.twitter.com/KtZhaA0GLZ— Murray Nolan (@20euro) February 17, 2016
A busy Dublin road has been closed this morning as a result of a fallen tree.
The tree crashed on to the Chapel Hill road in Lucan and all traffic has been diverted through the village.
Heavy traffic has been reported on the nearby N4 as a result of the earlier foggy conditions.
KILDARE: Fog lifted on M4 Dublin/ Sligo Rd between J9 Enfield & J8 Kilcock. Make sure to switch off fog lights when they no longer required.— AA Roadwatch (@aaroadwatch) February 17, 2016
A few cms of snow accumulation is expected, especially on higher ground, but also at some lower levels.
Scattered wintry showers are set to become widespread in the west of the country this morning but should die out by the afternoon.
By afternoon, a sunny, breezy afternoon is predicted for most parts of the country with highest temperatures of between 4 to 7 degrees.
AA Roadwatch have warned to reduce their speed in the adverse weather conditions.
Excess surface water is likely so motorists have been advised to be extra vigilant this morning.