Heavy rain means more chaos for motorists
THE first winter ice is coming as motorists face another day of heavy rain and traffic chaos.
Commuters in many parts of the country were affected yesterday as roads became impassable due to localised flooding.
Met Eireann forecaster Dr Sandra Spillane said up to 50mm of rain had fallen in some areas in a 24-hour period.
Met Eireann predicted rain sweeping eastwards today in all areas with strong southerly winds increasing to gale force of up to 100kmh.
Meanwhile, forecasters said temperatures would dip below zero in many areas tomorrow night with a sharp ground frost, and the possibility of some icy patches. Heavy sleet and hail showers fell across north Donegal yesterday.
While today's rain will not be as heavy as yesterday, there is still a likelihood of spot flooding and motorists are being urged to drive with caution.
Counties Cork, Kerry, Limerick, Galway and Mayo are expected to be worst affected.
The country was battered yesterday morning as gale force winds of up to 100kmh hit parts of the east and southeast.
Many roads remained impassable late into the day, including the N3 Dublin to Cavan road just outside Cavan.
Cork endured traffic chaos as strong winds and torrential rainfall left dozens of roads flooded. Fermoy's new flood protection barriers were deployed for the second time in nine days amid fears the River Blackwater could break its banks.
The Sligo rescue helicopter has been enlisted to take supplies to Tory Island as high winds have ruled out a ferry service for the next few days.