Multi-vehicle collisions and severe traffic delays as April snow falls
Young girl in critical condition after one incident
Weekend motorists are experiencing severe delays due to the harsh weather conditions nationwide this evening.
Snow and slush covered roads are causing havoc for drivers as gardai have warned motorists to slow down and take care.
There are diversions in place via Bray and Greystones as the N11 Dublin/Wexford road is closed to southbound traffic at the Bray South exit due to a multi-vehicle crash.
The incident took place between junction 8 and junction 9 on the busy road.
Delays are currently stretched back as far as Bray and Fassaroe at junction 6 and drivers have described the traffic as 'mayhem'.
Pictures shared on social media show the snow-covered roads as temperatures dipped suddenly this evening.
Met Eireann have now warned of a widespread, sharp ground frost setting in this evening with the risk of icy patches on roads.
Patchy fog has also been forecast in the midlands.
Several other car collisions caused delays on the country's roads this afternoon.
In Kildare, a collision occurred in the westbound lane of the N4 Lucan Road at Junction 4, Newcastle shortly after 3pm.
It is understood three cars were involved and one car overturned as a result of the collision.
Gardai attended the scene, but there were no reported injuries.
Meanwhile, a six vehicle crash occurred on the M2 southbound.
The crash happened between Sandyknowes and Greencastle, in Newcastle, Belfast.
Motorists were advised to exit the motorway at Sandyknowes roundabout.
A spokesman for the Northern Ireland Ambulance Service said a child had been taken to hospital with complaints of neck pain.
Motorists were advised to drive with extreme caution due to the poor driving conditions as the result of a hail storm.
Drivers were also warned of rubberneckers causing delays in the area.
In Armagh, a young girl is in a critical condition in hospital after being airlifted following a serious crash in Armagh.
Slushy conditions causing major issues for traffic in a lot of counties. Drive with extra care. See https://t.co/xIOpAblVS1 for more.— AA Roadwatch (@aaroadwatch) April 9, 2016
Sunshine & heavy showers this afternoon, dying out after dark. Cold tonight with widespread frost. Persistent heavy rain in south tomorrow.— Met Éireann (@MetEireann) April 9, 2016
A spokesman for the Northern Ireland Ambulance Service said a young girl was airlifted to the Royal Victoria Hospital.
A spokeswoman for the RVH said the girl was in a critical condition.