Friday 30 September 2016

Snow is falling: Motorists warned of treacherous roads

Weekend chill brings icy patches and snow

David Kearns

Published 30/01/2016 | 11:02

Ice has made driving conditions difficult
Ice has made driving conditions difficult
AA Roadwatch is urging drivers to take extra care

Motorists are urged to take care as icy patches and snowfall have been left in the wake of Storm Gertrude.

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Temperatures fall to a chilly zero this weekend, with gardai sharing a photograph of a snow-covered N2 in Co Monaghan this afternoon.

"Drive to the conditions! Current driving conditions hazardous on N2 Monaghan due to heavy snow- travel with care," they warned motorists.

Met Éireann is warning that many parts of the country should be wary of slippery roads, adding that high winds too are a danger along coastal areas.

“[These] patches of frost and ice will clear to give a cold, blustery day, with sunny spells and occasional showers,” the forecaster said.

“Many of the showers will be wintry this morning with snow flurries in places and a risk of thunder.

“They'll fall mainly as rain or hail this afternoon.”

Currently there is a yellow wind warning in place for Donegal, Galway, Leitrim, Mayo and Sligo until 3pm, where winds will reach upwards of 65 km/hr for a time near the coast.

AA Roadwatch is urging extra care, saying that drivers should take it slow and leave themselves with plenty of braking distance as “wind-blown debris is likely”.

Meanwhile ESB Networks are working this morning to restore power to hundreds of homes affected by Friday’s high winds.

Temperatures this weekend are expected to plunge to as low as zero degrees tonight, and frost is expected to linger, mainly in northern areas, well into Sunday morning.

The day itself will be cloudy with rain in all areas until the afternoon, where it will clear over Munster and south Leinster.

It will remain unsettled for the rest of the country. Temperatures will hover at around 4 to 6 degrees.

Met Éireann are reporting that Sunday night will be “extremely windy” and that this will continued into Monday.

Aside from the strong gales, the day should be somewhat drier than the weekend with top temperatures of 11 to 12 degrees.

Looking at the rest of the week, the forecaster is predicting that the weather will remain unsettled, with the high chance of more icy patches developing from Tuesday onwards.

Lows of zero to 3 degrees are likely, they added.

Elsewhere, Northern Ireland and parts of Scotland are really feeling the effects of Storm Gertrude – as both countries have been hit by snow and gusts of more than 140 km/hr.

Snow warnings issued by the Met Office remain in effect, and the PSNI and Scottish police said hazardous driving conditions are affecting many routes where snow fall last night.

Like Ireland, the weather is set to remain unsettled throughout Saturday and into the rest of the week.

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