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Dublin: 22 °C Thursday 24 July, 2014

Stranded motorists rescued from snow hit Wicklow mountains

Wicklow Mountain Rescue has asked motorists to avoid roads around the Sally Gap area as some became stuck in the snow overnight.

Stuck drivers on the Sally Gap road earlier
Stuck drivers on the Sally Gap road earlier
Image: Wicklow Mountain Rescue

A NUMBER OF motorists have been rescued after becoming stranded in heavy snow in the Wicklow mountains over the past 24 hours.

Wicklow Mountain Rescue teams got five callouts in the last 24 hours but were eventually able to bring all of the motorists to safety.

All roads leading to the Sally Gap as well as some other high mountain passes in the Wicklow area are impassable according to local rescue teams who attended their last callout at 3am this morning.

Pic: Wicklow Mountain Rescue

Wicklow Mountain Rescue thanked those involved in the five successful rescues but asked drivers to heed the weather warnings and not attempt to drive the affected roads.

Met Éireann is forecasting further wintery showers tonight on Irish Sea coasts but it will be dry across the rest of the country and winds will slacken.

Some dense patches of freezing fog are likely to develop inland with temperatues as low as between 0 and -4 degrees Celsius.

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