Warning to drivers as temperatures plummet
Published 01/02/2012 | 05:00
DRIVERS and pedestrians are urged to be wary of hazardous road conditions as temperatures plummet from today, when chilling Siberian winds will move in across the country, writes Allison Bray.
Sub-zero temperatures of between 0C and -3C coupled with easterly winds bringing rain, sleet and snow will leave roads slick and icy in areas.
Lingering mist, fog and frost are all expected this morning and could hamper driving conditions until midday. Tonight will be the coldest night in recent memory as the mercury drops to between 0C and -6C in parts of the midlands and northwest.
There will also be widespread severe frost with icy patches on the roads this morning.
Tomorrow will be similar to today with daytime highs of between 2C and 6C and overnight lows of between 0C and -3C. Conditions will gradually improve as we reach the weekend, according to Met Eireann.