HEAVY rain is creating havoc for motorists as spot flooding is leading to road closures in the south, especially in Co Cork.
Gardaí in Clonakilty in west Cork have closed a number of streets and are advising people to avoid the centre of the town due to flooding as heavy rain is moving from the southwest to the southeast.
Many roads around Bandon are flooded, including Kilbbrittain Road and in both directors on the N71 between Innishannon and Clonakility.
Excess surface water on the N20 Limerick to Cork Road between Mallow and Cork city is proving challenging to motorists as well as on the M8 Cork to Dublin roads in both directions, according to AA Roadwatch.
Many secondary roads are also closed due to flooding between Cork city and Clonakilty.
Elsewhere heavy and persistent rain is falling in counties Kerry and Clare with some spot flooding on the N21 at Adare, Co Limerick.
Both heavy rain and strong crosswinds are also causing traffic disruption on the M7 Dublin to Limerick Road between Naas and Kildare as well as on the M9 Dublin to Waterford Road near Castledermot.
Slushy snow and compacted ice is also making driving conditions hazardous in the Wicklow and Sally Gap in Co Wicklow while there is also flooding and excess surface water on the R747 and on the N11 Dublin to Wexford Road between Bray and Kilmacanogue.
Waterford gardai are also dealing with five cars that got stuck in floodwaters outside Ardmore on the road to Youghal.
Serious flooding is also being reported in the Dungarvan area.