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Sunday 17 December 2017

Motorists warned to beware of black ice on roads

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Ralph Riegel, Caroline Crawford and Greg Harkin

Motorists were warned to exercise extreme caution with further ice and snow showers predicted overnight.

However, Met Eireann indicated that while Ireland will remain in the grip of frosty weather for the next 36 hours, conditions will begin to ease by the weekend, with temperatures returning closer to normal values.

Numerous weather alerts were issued overnight with Cork householders told temperatures could sink as low as -6C.

Cork City Council issued a weather alert and stressed that it remains in place from 8pm last night to 10am today.

Motorists were warned there was a significant risk of black ice on roads in all higher areas.

Extra gritting operations were undertaken by all local authorities. But Ireland is expected to avoid the worst of the Arctic weather predicted for northern England and Scotland over the next 48 hours.

AA Roadwatch admitted that there were still challenging driving conditions in north Cork, south Tipperary, Kerry and parts of south Limerick.

Met Eireann said Irish householders can expect cold, mostly dry weather over the coming days. "Temperatures won't be as low, coming closer to normal values over the weekend, but we can still expect frosty nights," a spokesperson said.

Meanwhile, a 45-year-old female cyclist was in a critical condition in Beaumont hospital after a collision on the Malahide Road, at the junction with Greencastle Road in Dublin at around 6.45pm yesterday evening.

Gardai at Coolock Garda Station are appealing for witnesses after the collision involving a silver Opel Astra. The man driving the car was uninjured.

Irish Independent

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