A WEATHER WARNING remains in effect across Ireland this morning as AA Roadwatch urged motorists to be wary of black ice and frosty conditions following an overnight freeze.
Reports of icy conditions have come in from across the country after temperatures plunged overnight, causing hazardous driving conditions in various parts of Ireland.
AA Roadwatch reports icy conditions on the M1 around junction 5 (Balbriggan), and snowy conditions around Navan after an overnight snowfall in the Co Meath town.
There is also some snow on the roads in Carrick-on-Shannon in Co Leitrim, with black ice reported in Longford town, Thurles and Wexford town.
Roads have also been reported as particularly icy in Galway, Mullingar and Ennis as well as in Co Cavan, Co Roscommon, Co Sligo.
Met Éireann’s weather warning remains in effect at least until noon, with the service saying gusts of between 100-140 km/hr (62-87 mph) were expected overnight.
Connacht and Ulster were expected to be hardest hit by southwesterly winds, with a gale warning in effect on coastal waters from Slyne Head (Co Galway) to Rossan Point (Co Donegal) to Fair Head (Co Cork).
Further gales are expected this evening and early tonight on all coastal waters and on the Irish sea, increasing to storm force early tonight,