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Heavy fog causes commuter chaos cross the country

A blanket of dense fog caused commuter chaos as it swept across the country.

Motorists were warned to take extra care as the M1, M3 and M50 motorways were among the main roads worse affected by the blanket of fog.

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Fog on Dun Laoghaire pier at sunrise. Independent.ie reader Donal Cronin sent this shot in on Twitter with the hashtag #IndoSubmit

Fog on Dun Laoghaire pier at sunrise. Independent.ie reader Donal Cronin sent this shot in on Twitter with the hashtag #IndoSubmit

Fog on Dun Laoghaire pier at sunrise. Independent.ie reader Donal Cronin sent this shot in on Twitter with the hashtag #IndoSubmit

Bus services were also delayed as traffic came to a standstill in parts of the capital.

AA Roadwatch urged caution on roads in several counties across the country, including Dublin city centre, Louth, Meath, Wexford, Wicklow, Leitrim, Monaghan and Donegal.

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Independent.ie reader and Twitter user @MellyH sent in this arty snap of the fog in Westmeath this morning

Independent.ie reader and Twitter user @MellyH sent in this arty snap of the fog in Westmeath this morning

Independent.ie reader and Twitter user @MellyH sent in this arty snap of the fog in Westmeath this morning

In Dunboyne, at least three cars have hit the roundabout on Maynooth Road. No one was injured in the multi-vehicle car crash.

An accident was also reported on the Malahide Road near Griffith Avenue.

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'Skerries in the fog' by independent.ie reader Piers Dillon-Scott

'Skerries in the fog' by independent.ie reader Piers Dillon-Scott

Heavy fog in Dublin City Centre

Heavy fog in Dublin City Centre

Independent.ie reader and Twitter user @MellyH sent in this arty snap of the fog in Westmeath this morning

Independent.ie reader and Twitter user @MellyH sent in this arty snap of the fog in Westmeath this morning

Another shot from Independent.ie reader Donal Cronin of the early morning fog on Dun Laoghaire pier (Photo: Donal Cronin)

Another shot from Independent.ie reader Donal Cronin of the early morning fog on Dun Laoghaire pier (Photo: Donal Cronin)

Michael Dunning sends in a foggy photo from the fields this morning (Photo: Twitter/@dunning_michael)

Michael Dunning sends in a foggy photo from the fields this morning (Photo: Twitter/@dunning_michael)

'Very foggy here on Islandbridge Dublin 8' - Independent.ie reader @endatwit writes

'Very foggy here on Islandbridge Dublin 8' - Independent.ie reader @endatwit writes

Trevor O'Brien is out in the early fog at Hermitage Golf Club. Photo (Twitter/@tbone11365)

Trevor O'Brien is out in the early fog at Hermitage Golf Club. Photo (Twitter/@tbone11365)

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'Skerries in the fog' by independent.ie reader Piers Dillon-Scott

Meanwhile the  Main Street Castlebellingham remains closed while gardai probe a fatal car crash, which is believed to have been caused by dense fog.

“We are advising motorists to slow down, take extra care and give themselves more time to get to their destination,” AA Roadwatch said.

“Use your fog lights in the affected areas but be sure to switch them off afterwards.”

Met Eireann said it’s misty this morning with dense fog patches and poor visibility.

“This will slowly clear to give a dry day with sunny spells developing,” it said.

“Fog patches again will be dense in places tonight and Saturday morning with poor visibility."

Dublin Bus said while it very foggy this morning, particularly in the city centre, it did not have any major problems.

Irish Independent