Wednesday 13 December 2017

Motorists warned of frosty start on the roads

The shores of Lough Derg (Sent in by readers @ClareVirtually)
The shores of Lough Derg (Sent in by readers @ClareVirtually) Newsdesk Newsdesk

Commuters have been warned to wrap up today as frost will remain in most places and temperatures stay at freezing.

Temperatures across the country hit a low of minus five degrees overnight - and it is expected they will stay at between two to three degrees later today.

The shores of Lough Derg (Sent in by readers @ClareVirtually)
The shores of Lough Derg (Sent in by readers @ClareVirtually) reader Bren Whelan sent us this snowy snap, writing; 'It was good enough 4 snowshoes y'terday in #Inishowen #donegal Maybe be good for skis 2day?!'
Linda Bateman sent this snap from outside her front window this morning
Hollyhill, Cork is covered in snow this morning (Photo: @Weedabixxx)
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Toomevara, Co Tipperary at 5am this morning. It was an early start for Con Berkery!
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Snow in Maynooth. Photo: Mário Lima/ @Mario0003
Daragh and Ryan Warren from Firhouse enjoy the evening's snowfall
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A snow scene in Leitrim today. Photo: Twitter/‏@MiniOCD
Snow scene in Bailieborough Co Cavan. Photo: Martin Sheridan
Moville, Co.Donegal today. Photo: Twitter/ Sean Collins (‏@SeanyC)
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"A teensy tiny snowman". Photo: Twitter/‏@saraWIMM
Beautiful Day in Termon, Virginia. Photo:dawn englishby/‏@rudydaisyboo
Beautiful Day in Termon, Virginia. Photo:dawn englishby/‏@rudydaisyboo
Around an inch of snow fell in Dundrum/Ballinteer in 25 minutes tonight. Photo: Mick Kerrigan

Despite this, air stayed reasonably dry overnight with no major icy patches reported on the roads earlier today.

"It might not be quite as icy as you would think with those sort of temperatures," Met Eireann forecaster Joan Blackburn told this morning.

"The frost will take quite a while to go and will linger in some places.

"However, the day will be sunny.

"There are a few freezing fog patches before dawn but there shouldn't be too many of them.

"The temperatures this afternoon will level around two or three degrees in inland areas, with six degrees in coastal areas."

It will mainly be a dry day with a outside risk of wintry showers.

Tonight will turn cold and frosty once again, with temperatures ranging between minus one and six degrees. It is forecast to cloud over in the north, which may lead to temperatures rising there overnight and some rain.

AA Roadwatch reported a frosty start on roads around Mullingar, Ennis, Thurles, Tullamore, Drogheda, Longford and Cavan.

Monaghan, Roscommon and Sligo Towns were also frosty.

Icy conditions were reported in Wicklow Town, Waterford City and Letterkenny.

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