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Dublin: 5 °C Saturday 24 March, 2018

Fallen trees blocking roads in several counties due to strong winds

Sleet and snow is expected in the coming days.

A WEATHER ADVISORY for the entire country will come into place just after 6pm this evening and will be valid until 12 midday on Saturday.

It comes as a wind warning for Donegal, Leitrim, Mayo and Sligo is currently in place.

AA roadwatch is reporting trees down on a number of roads in Donegal, Offaly, Wicklow and Waterford.

Winds are strongest in exposed and coastal and hilly areas, with gusts reaching 110 kilometres per hour.

The status yellow weather advisory warns that sleet and snow is expected in the coming days.

Very cold wintry weather will develop from Wednesday night onwards.
Showers will turn wintry in many places, from Wednesday evening to Saturday, with falls of sleet and snow expected. The heaviest of the snow fall is most likely over Ulster, Connacht, north Leinster and west Munster and especially so on high ground.

The Road Safety Authority is advising all road users to take extra care when using the roads.

The Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Shane Ross urged people to heed the advice of the agencies and take all necessary precautions if out during the severe weather.

“If travelling I would advise that you plan your route and check local information, allow extra time, drive slowly and carefully and stay safe.”

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