Friday 20 September 2019

Heavy traffic reported nationwide as motorists urged to 'slow down' on wet roads

Heavy traffic on Parkgate Street on a wet morning in Dublin. Picture credit; Damien Eagers / INM
Heavy traffic on Parkgate Street on a wet morning in Dublin. Picture credit; Damien Eagers / INM
Rachel Farrell

Rachel Farrell

Motorists are being advised to exercise caution on Irish roads this morning as the wet weather continues, with heavy traffic reported across the country this morning.

"Roads are wet in parts of Munster and Leinster this morning. When driving in wet conditions, slow down and leave plenty of space between your vehicle and the one in front," an AA Roadwatch spokesperson said.

Traffic on the M1 and East Wall Rd in Dublin was reported to be very heavy this morning.

The southbound bore of the Port Tunnel was being metered this morning due to heavy volumes heading towards the Port, AA Roadwatch reports.

The traffic restrictions have since been lifted but some delays remain.

On the M50 northbound, traffic was down to one lane at J6 Blanchardstown while gardai dealt with a collision.

In Cork, there are no further reports of a crash on the N40 westbound at J9 Bloomfield and traffic in Cork city is said to be moving well.

Gardai also dealt with a a crash on the Blarney/Tower Rd (R617), with flooding an issue in the area this morning.

The warning comes as commuters awake to surface water on many roads this morning, with heavy rain expected to continue later today.

The latest forecast shows that rain in the east will clear this morning and become scattered with some sunny spells, but showers are expected to become more widespread during the afternoon.

The scattered showers will continue tonight with lowest temperatures between 4 and 7 degrees.

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