Monday 23 April 2018

Several crashes, fallen trees and 6km queues - Drivers face commuter chaos as weather warnings remain in place

There was heavy traffic on the N7 (stock photo)
There was heavy traffic on the N7 (stock photo)

Kathy Armstrong

There is commuter chaos this morning following a number of collisions, diversions and reports of fallen trees as weather warnings remain in place for large parts of the country.

AA Roadwatch is urging motorists to "slow down and increase your breaking distance when driving on wet roads" as up to 50mm of rain is expected over a 24 hour period.

There were several crashes during rush hour this morning, including an incident on the N7 Naas Rd inbound at Newlands Cross Flyover Dublin.

Drivers in Cork have been advised there is a queue of over 6km on the N25 Waterford/Cork road following a collision at Junction three, AA Roadwatch advises that the road is "extremely heavy on approach", the Fota road is also said to be "slow" and there was a further crash on the Mahon Link road.

Emergency services were called to the scene of a collision at the Coolagh road in Galway, there have been warning of delays from the N6 Dublin road and also from Bóthar na dTreabh.

There were reports of fallen trees in Galway and Cork, which have since been cleared.

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Met Eireann has issued a status yellow weather warning Connacht, Kilkenny, Donegal, Clare, Limerick, Tipperary, Waterford, Cork and Kerry, which is valid until 10pm tonight.

A forecaster said: "The rain will gradually clear the east and north this evening and early tonight, elsewhere will be mostly dry with good clear spells. "Lowest temperatures will fall to between 6 and 10 degrees. Mostly light west to southwest winds will back southerly with mist and fog patches forming.

"Tomorrow will start dry with sunny spells and light to moderate southerly winds but these will increase fresh to strong and gusty during the morning.

Stock picture
Stock picture

"Also cloud will increase again from the west with outbreaks for rain and drizzle pushing into Atlantic coastal counties during the afternoon which will spread further inland by evening but some northern and eastern areas may stay dry until later in the evening.

"Top temperatures 14 to 16 degrees in fresh to strong and gusty south to southeasterly winds."

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Our national forecaster has warned that we are in for a "rather unsettled" few days, with further wet and windy weather.

It's expected that there Friday will be a mixed bag, with breezy and possibly thundery showers moving in across the west.

It will be drier in the rest of the country, with some scattered showers, we can expect top temperatures of 16C.

It also looks like it will be a washout weekend, with heavy rain and wind predicted for Saturday night.

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