Monday 10 December 2018

Motorists warned as snow and ice make road conditions hazardous across the country

  • Snow a concern on roads in Cavan, Leitrim and Donegal
  • Icy conditions reported on roads across the country
  • Motorists urged to exercise extreme caution
Ice has made driving conditions difficult
Ice has made driving conditions difficult

Allison Bray and Sasha Brady

Drivers are being urged to exercise extreme caution on the roads this morning as sub-zero temperatures overnight combined with some snow cover will make roads hazardous.

Met Éireann issued a Status Yellow low temperature warning for the entire country in which temperatures were expected to plummet to -3C to -4C, or even colder over lying snow overnight.

Although the warning expired at 4am today, forecaster Vincent O’Shea said a widespread severe frost coupled with snow would make road conditions hazardous this morning.

Parts of the Midlands and north woke up to several centimetres of snow yesterday that could linger today, he said.

“It’s not completely thawed and there is a chance of hazardous conditions due to residual lying snow,” he said.

Road Safety Authority spokesman Brian Farrell urged drivers to slow down, leave plenty of room between vehicles and to ensure that their tyres are properly inflated and not thread-bare.

He also advised motorists not to be spooked by gritters that may be on the roads this morning and to ensure their windows were not down when passing a gritter.

Meanwhile, it's another very cold start to the day with plenty of frost and ice on the roads, especially in sheltered areas and minor roads.

AA Roadwatch report that snow is a concern on roads in Cavan, Donegal and Leitrim, while icy conditions are reported in Mayo and Tipperary.

The status yellow low temperature remained in place until 10am today with temperatures of -4C continuing into early morning.

Met Eireann said the sun will break through today with sunny spells expected this morning, especially along the east coast. However, it will become cloudy in all areas in the late morning as patchy rain or drizzle extends across the country. The rain may be preceded by sleet in eastern counties.

It will stay cold in the east with temperatures of just 2C and 3C degrees in the east, rising to between 4C and 7C in all areas. It will become milder in the west with temperatures ranging between 5C and 9C degrees.

Met Eireann said cloud and damp conditions with patchy outbreaks of rain will continue into the night. It will become misty with areas of fog forming in parts.

Temperatures of just 2C or 3C degrees at first but it will become milder as temperatures rise to between 4C and 7C in all areas after midnight.

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