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Sunday 21 January 2018

Motorists warned over treacherous road conditions

Motorists were warned to be extra vigilant today after heavy snowfall and low temperatures left driving treacherous conditions.

Met Eireann has issued a weather warning with hail, sleet and further snow expected in parts of Leinster, Donegal north and west Connaught over the coming days. Temperatures will plummet to minus six tonight, with a sharp ground frost in all areas and some freezing fog.

AA Roadwatch warned there were icy road conditions throughout the country, in particular in the north west and Wexford, Kildare and Wicklow, where the Sally Gap and the Wicklow Gap are impassable due to heavy snowfall. Road temperatures are well below zero in many parts of the country and down to minus 3.5C on the N6 in Kilbeggan and on the N3 in Cavan.

"Motorists are urged to reduce their speed significantly, keep a safe distance from the vehicle in front of you and to note that gentle manoeuvres are the key to safe driving," said a spokeswoman. The Road Safety Authority advised drivers, cyclists and pedestrians to be extra vigilant.

Motorists have been told to watch out for black ice, use dipped headlights, leave plenty of space to brake and be prepared for breakdowns. Meanwhile Irish Rail said overnight lightning affected power lines and signalling systems in Dublin, causing disruptions to DART service and Northern commuter, Belfast and Rosslare services.

All services have now resumed with the exception of Northside DART services, although some delays remain. A spokesman said crews are working to rectify the faults. Elsewhere, severe weather warnings are in place today for almost all of the UK.

Press Association

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