Monday 23 April 2018

Roads still impassable as weather warning remains and more sleet and hail showers are on the way

A snow plough clears roads in Tallaght, Dublin (Niall Carson/PA)
A snow plough clears roads in Tallaght, Dublin (Niall Carson/PA)
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Some local road diversions are still in place as snow and ice remain an issue.

Road conditions are gradually improving with most main and secondary routes passable. However, AA Roadwatch warns that snow and ice are still an issue on secondary and local routes in Kildare, Wicklow and Wexford. Road users are advised to stick to main routes are secondary routes and hills are still impassable in some places.

Deep lying snow will continue to thaw with the potential for localised flooding.

A landslide in Arklow has forced Irish Rail to close the Gorey to Arklow line. Trains between Gorey/Rosslare and Dublin will be part subsidised by bus.

In Kildare, particular care is needed around the Maynooth, Straffan and Naas due to snow drifts. Banks of snow have also been reported near the train station on the Clane Road in Sallins.

In Wexford some local roads in Enniscorthy and Wexford Town are still affected by icy conditions. Several roads are only open to single-lane traffic.

AA Roadwatch have also warned that that the N25 between Wexford and Wicklow is very icy.

In Wicklow, motorists are advised to avoid using the local roads in Laragh and Roundwood areas due to snow drifts and slippery conditions. The Sally Gap is still closed.

Wet conditions have been reported around Ennis, Galway City, Naas and Longford Town.

In Cork AA Roadwatch report that there is black ice on the N71.

Meanwhile, a status yellow snow-ice warning remains in place for Leinster until 10am today.

Met Eireann forecast sunny spells and scattered showers for Wednesday. Some passing showers will turn heavy and there is a possibility of hail, especially across the west and northwest. There's also a chance of sleet on higher ground.

Driest conditions will occur across the midlands and east with some good sunny spells.

Highest temperatures between 5C and 8C expected for daytime before it turns colder tonight.

A few hail and sleet showers are forecast with frost and icy patches too. Lowest temperatures are expected to plunge to between 2C and -2C overnight. It will feel coldest over Leinster and Munster.

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