Sunday 26 January 2020

Two men rescued from snowbound Sally Gap as car becomes stuck reporters

GARDAI needed the assistance of mountain rescue teams to rescue two men in Wicklow’s Sally Gap this morning.

Rescuers said the young men had attempted to negotiate the notorious route in a small hatchback car. The rescue took place at 4am.

“They had become stuck near the crossroads and fearing for their safety they had contacted emergency services to assist them,” the mountain rescue service said.

AA Roadwatch said drivers should avoid the Sally Gap and the Wicklow Gap. Snow has also been falling in the Woodenbridge and Baltinglass areas.

Motorists were also advised to slow down, drive with extra care and remember stopping distances are 10 times longer in snow and ice," the AA said.

Ireland will escape the worst of the cold snap which has seen temperatures in Britain drop over 20 degrees in one week, but motorists have been warned to take care as gale force winds battered the country overnight

Rain, sleet and snow also fell around the country, leaving slippery road conditions in parts of Leinster, including Carlow, Tullow, Naas, Wexford and New Ross.

Irish Ferries has cancelled its Swift sailings between Dublin and Holyhead Wednesday morning due to the weather.

Met Eireann said north to north-east gales will continue along the Irish coast, with winds forecast to reach force six or higher between Hook Head to Slyne Head and Belfast Lough. It will be a very cold, blustery day with frost in places.

Lowest temperatures are due to fall to between two degrees and minus two degrees overnight, when widespread frost is expected, it added.

Temperatures will continue to rise into the weekend, which will see highest temperatures in the mid teens - and even sunny spells in some areas.

The harsh Arctic winds which have blown cold air down from Scandinavia will be replaced by the more familiar westerly Atlantic winds over the bank holiday, which may bring with it some showers.

Meanwhile gale force winds, snow, sleet and rain which battered parts of Britain and left around 10,000 homes across the north-east of England without power are set to continue today.

Some transport routes also remain closed after yesterday's wintry blast of weather brought Britain's early summer to an abrupt end.

The Met Office has issued severe weather warnings for snow and ice in parts of Scotland, Wales, northern England and the Midlands.

Powergrid said its engineers had been working throughout the night to restore power to customers after more than 200 faults were reported yesterday, as overhead cables were blown down by strong winds.

Forecasters said between 15-20cm of snow fell in high parts of the Peak District, Pennines and Cumbria overnight, while trees were felled on higher ground as the Arctic front which battered Scotland yesterday began to move south.

Temperatures in the north of Britain could drop as low as -5C overnight. The rain, sleet and snow are expected to clear from the north during tomorrow.

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