More heavy rain forecast for the day, spot flooding nationwide before temperatures set to plummet
- Heavy rain to batter the country today before extreme cold weather hits
- AA Roadwatch warning motorists of heavy surface water
- Several road closures nationwide for morning commuters
- Forecaster Met Éireann predicting 30mm-40mm of rain will fall today
The country will experience heavy rain for the day, before an extremely cold spell hits tomorrow.
Morning commuters experienced traffic delays, widespread flooding nationwide and several road closures following heavy rain overnight.
Heavy showers are now expected to continue to batter the country throughout today before temperatures will plummet for the rest of the week.
Met Éireann has issued a ‘Status Yellow rainfall warning’ for Munster and Leinster today with the possibility of snow on high ground.
The forecaster is predicting between 30mm-40mm of rain will fall, affecting all areas throughout the day.
Siobhan Ryan, meteorologist with Met Éireann, said the weather does not look good anywhere today.
Speaking to RTE Radio One's Morning Ireland, Ms Ryan said it was a "miserable start to the day".
"There is widespread heavy rain and localised flooding, and a high volume of rain recorded overnight," she said.
"Highs today will be 9-14 celsius.
"It is much colder outside Leinster and Munster, with sleet expected for some time over Connacht and Ulster.
"As the rain begins to ease off, it will turn colder everywhere.
"We can expect some winter flurries early on tomorrow as the cold weather hits," she continued.
"The sun will be very low in the sky, so we're advising motorists to take care while out driving.
"Maximum temperatures are well below the average highs with temperatures of 5-9 degrees.
"Beyond that cold conditions will be persisting for the foreseeable future.
"We can expect some bitterly cold days to come and some crisp sunshine."
Tonight will turn cold everywhere as temperatures fall to near freezing in the early part of the night, with lowest overnight temperatures hitting 0C to 3C.
Tomorrow will be a cold day with strong westerly winds gradually easing.
There will be showers, mostly in the west and north, and also some for a time over north Leinster and it will remain cold this weekend.
Bus Eireann has been forced to cancel several routes due to severe flooding between Clonee and Blanchardstown on the M3/N3.
The Route NX Dublin - Navan services at 10.15 and 10.55 were cancelled, as were the 11.40 and 12.20 journeys from Navan - Dublin.
A spokesperson said they are also experiencing "severe disruptions" to the Route 109/109X/NX services.
The following Route NX services have been cancelled due to severe flooding between Clonee & Blanchardstown M3/N3— Bus Eireann (@Buseireann) November 22, 2017
10:15 Dublin – Navan
10:55 Dublin – Navan
11:40 Navan – Dublin
12:20 Navan – Dublin
We are also experiencing severe disruptions to our Route 109/109X/NX services.
The R445 (the old N7) is closed in both directions near the Tougher R/A due to flooding.
The N80 Stradbally/Portlaoise Road is also impassable due to flooding.
Dublin's Infirmary Road was closed this morning due to flooding. Flooding on the Stillorgan Road caused delays inbound to the city.
Clontarf Road was also impassable at the Mount Prospect Avenue junction due to flooding.
#DUBLIN There is flooding on the Fonthill Rd northbound at the Lucan Newlands Rd jct. https://www/TheAA.ie/Newsroom— AA Roadwatch (@aaroadwatch) November 22, 2017
There was also flooding on Clarehall Road and on the Fonthill Road at the Lucan Newlands Road Junction.
Spot flooding was also recorded in Tipperary, Offaly, Kerry and Cork.
The rain also caused some delays for rail commuters, with disruption to the Malahide to Portmarnock line.
Dublin Fire Brigade also issued advice for motorist who are braving he elements today.
They wrote on Twitter: "If you have driven through flood water make sure to tap your brakes gently when you have cleared the flood, and safe to do so, to clear the brakes off water."
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