Motorists warned to take care on roads as snow and ice warning remains in place
Motorists are being warned to take care on roads this morning as Met Eireann has issued a status yellow snow and ice warning.
This morning got off to a cold and frosty start with scattered snow showers causing icy patches across the country.
Met Eireann issued the status yellow snow warning on Thursday at 1pm and remains in place until today at midday.
Highest accumulations of snow is expected in Ulster and northwest Connacht.
This morning, gardaí are reporting very poor conditions in most parts of the country.
In Tipperary, gardai are warning of very icy conditions on the Nenagh/Thurles Rd (R498) between Nenagh and Borrisoleigh. There have been a number of collisions on the route already this morning so extreme care is needed.
AA Roadwatch is also reporting that road conditions are dangerous on the M7 Limerick/Dublin Rd both ways between J27 Birdhill and J22 Roscrea as there is slush on the road.
Roads in Offaly and Waterford are also reported to be very icy, with AA Roadwatch urging that extra care is needed.
Meanwhile traffic is moving well this morning in Dublin.
Currently, there are no delays on the M50 and traffic is moving well in both directions.
In Galway, there has been a crash on the N59 Galway/Clifden Rd, between the city and Moycullen near the Barna turn off.
AA Roadwatch is reminding drivers to reduce speed and remember that stopping distances are up to ten times longer in icy conditions. It is also recommended to use major routes where possible as they are more likely to have been gritted than secondary roads.
This evening will continue to be cold and windy as temperatures drop to -1.
There is a risk of snow tonight as the rain tracks northwards into the colder air.
It's bad news for the weekend as there will be heavy rain and the risk of spot flooding.
On Saturday night heavy and persistent rain will spread northeastwards over the country bringing a risk of spot flooding by Sunday morning.
Minimum temperatures will occur before midnight, with temperatures rising significantly with the onset of the rain.
Lows ranging from around zero degrees in Ulster to 7 or 8 degrees in the southwest.
Sunday will be very wet in some parts of the country with the risk of spot flooding. The rain will gradually clear northeastwards by the afternoon though, with scattered showers following.
Southwest to west winds will be fresh and gusty for a time but the showers will become more isolated later in the afternoon and the winds will moderate. Rather mild, with afternoon highs of 10 to 13 degrees Celsius.