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Tuesday 10 December 2019

Temperatures plunge to -3C as cold snap to tighten grip on country

Cars drive across a snow-covered Sally Gap in Co Wicklow Photo: Damien Eagers
Cars drive across a snow-covered Sally Gap in Co Wicklow Photo: Damien Eagers
Sheep in snow-covered fields in Glencullen Photo: Niall Carson/PA Wire
Cars negotiate a snow-covered Sally Gap in Wicklow

Sarah-Jane Murphy

Last night was one of the coldest so far this winter, Met Eireann has confirmed.

People around the country awoke to a thick covering of frost on their windscreens this morning.

"It dropped to -3 in the midlands last night, with Mullingar recording temperatures of -3 degrees Celcius.

"The coldest areas were the east coast and the midlands, both of which experienced falls of sleet and in some cases snow," a forecaster told

Today frost and ice will gradually clear to reveal a cold day with sunny spells and scattered showers.

Tonight will see temperatures plunging to zero, with falls of sleet and snow on high ground in the west and north of the country.

It will be very cold with temperatures of just 3 to 7 degrees Celcius.

Tonight will be cold and windy tonight with strong and gusty northwest winds.

There will be frequent blustery showers in the north and northwest.

However showers will become more isolated with long dry and clear spells.

Lowest temperatures of zero to plus 2 degrees, with a risk of icy patches in sheltered areas.

Tuesday will be cold and windy with crisp sunny spells.

It will drop to below freezing on Tuesday night, with Met Eireann forecasting temperatures of 2 to -2 degrees Celcius.

Road Travel

Icy stretches are present on many roads around the country this morning.

Particular care is needed in Waterford City in the Carrickpherish area.

In Kildare, the Rathbride Road (R413) is extremely icy between Rathangan and Newbridge.

Meanwhile in Cork gardai told that roads are very icy around Cork City at present, particularly at the junction of Baker's Road and Cathedral Road.

Flooding remains a problem too on a number of routes with many national and regional roads still affected.

If you encounter flooding on your route, don't attempt to drive through it if you can't tell how deep it is.

The AA recommend you drive slowly, use a low gear and keep the revs high.

Road users are advised to adhere to road signage and follow the advice of local authorities.

Rail Travel

Rail passengers should be aware that the Western Corridor line remains flooded between Athenry and Gort and again, between Ennis and Limerick.

Bus transfers are in operation between Ennis and Limerick with a restricted service into and out of Sixmilebridge.

In addition the Sligo/ Dublin Connolly line reopened at 7am today following recent disruption between Longford & Carrick-on-Shannon due to high water levels.

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