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Wednesday 13 December 2017

Snow and ice national weather warning in place - commuters warned to expect dangerous driving conditions

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Catherine Devine and Louise Kelly

Commuters have been warned to expect some dangerous driving conditions this morning as temperatures nationwide dropped to below freezing overnight.

It may be late March but winter is not over yet.

Met Eireann have issued a snow-ice warning for the country and the warning is valid from 8pm last night to midday today.

According to the national forecaster, showers of snow are expected this morning.

While accumulations of snow of up to 3cm are possible on a local level, it is likely to gather mainly on hills and mountains in the West.

Met Eireann forecaster Jean Byrne told RTE Radio One's Morning Ireland that it is set to be very cold over the next few days.

"There will be frost and a risk of wintry showers.

"Today will be very cold with frost, ice and snow," she said.

"During the day, these wintry showers will turn into rain, hail and sleet.

"Maximum temperatures will be between four and eight degrees, with southwesterly winds.

"These will be fresh and gusty early on, but will ease during the day.

"It is set to become mild once again at the weekend."

Some dangerous driving conditions can be expected as road temperatures are likely to be close to freezing or below.

AA Roadwatch are reporting that there is snow on roads around Letterkenny, Co Donegal, around Cavan Town and Portlaoise but only sticking in some parts.

Road conditions are slushy around parts of Galway City and Ennis, Co Clare.

It’s also very icy this morning on the N21 Limerick/Tralee Rd between Rathkeale and Newcastle West.

Following snow overnight, roads are wet around Limerick City, Thurles, Tullamore, Navan, Longford Town, Sligo Town, Castlebar and Carrick On Shannon.

AA Roadwatch have warned drivers to take additional care if travelling on the roads while the yellow weather warning is in place.

"Give yourself plenty of time to reach your destination and use major routes as they are more likely to have been gritted than secondary roads," said an AA spokesperson.

"Remember, stopping distances are 10 times longer in ice and snow."

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