Monday 22 January 2018

Ice warning and there's more rain on the way

AA Roadwatch is urging drivers to take extra care
AA Roadwatch is urging drivers to take extra care
Ralph Riegel

Ralph Riegel

Motorists were warned about the risk of black ice as temperatures were set to plummet overnight.

Gardaí and the Road Safety Authority (RSA) urged people to drive with care given the likely sharp frost and associated risk of icy patches which may be exacerbated by water-logged roads. The greatest risk of ice will be in northern areas and on higher ground.

However, Ireland is set for yet more rain after Storm Jonas as another weather system approaches from this evening bringing milder but unsettled weather. That will bring the threat of heavy rain showers for some areas, particularly in the west, north-west and south.

The unsettled weather, which will include some dry spells with bright sunshine, will continue for the next week. Some coastal areas, particularly in the west, will also see strong wind gusts.

Experts are hopeful that falling river levels will not be impacted by the rainfall, which is not expected to be as heavy as in December.

Water levels in the Shannon, Lee, Bandon, Suir, Nore, Blackwater and Funcheon river valleys continue to fall from record levels last month.

High winds and torrential overnight rainfall did cause minor flooding in some areas of the west and south-west yesterday.

Two separate yellow alerts were put out yesterday for both wind and rain.

Irish Independent

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