Saturday 10 December 2016

Winter's coming: Sally Gap closed as country experiences first snowfall of year

Parts of Leinster experienced snowfall overnight

Sarah-Jane Murphy

Published 10/01/2016 | 12:06

Cars negotiate a snow-covered Sally Gap in Wicklow
Cars negotiate a snow-covered Sally Gap in Wicklow
A snow covered Sally Gap in Wicklow
Fernando Capo, left and Amparo Bella, from Rathfarnham take a picture of a snow covered Sally Gap in Wicklow
Fernando Capo, left and Amparo Bella, from Rathfarnham take a picture of a snow covered Sally Gap in Wicklow. Picture credit; Damien Eagers 10/1/2016
A snowy road in the Dublin Mountains last night Credit: Twitter/@niallheavey
Snowfall in Aughrim, Wicklow Credit: Twitter/@wicklow_weather
Snow fall in the Dublin Mountains last night Credit:Twitter/@niallheavey

Winter has finally arrived as some high ground around the country experienced snow showers last night.

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Met Eireann told Independent.ie that snow fell on higher ground in various parts of the country last night.

A forecaster said there was a light dusty of snow in areas over 500 feet.

"Other areas experienced sleet mixed with heavy rain," a forecaster said.

In addition, they have warned that the coming week is set to be very cold, with temperatures set to plunge for a prolonged period.

Tonight will be very cold with a sharp to severe ground frost. Ice will form on untreated surfaces, according to Met Eireann.

Temperatures will be as low as -3 degrees in some inland areas.

Yesterday evening AA Roadwatch advised the Sally Gap in Wicklow had been closed to motorists as snow was making driving conditions difficult

Rathdrum, Dunlavin, Aughrim and Stratford in Wicklow all reported the presence of the white stuff on roads and cars.

One tweeter described the snow falling in the Dublin Mountains as "pretty bad."

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Meanwhile an excited tweet sent from South Co. Dublin announced "The sneachta has reached Rathfarnham."

Worryingly, a tweeter warned that "at least 4 cars have run the stop light since the snow started on the Ballyogan Road.

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