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Dublin: 11 °C Wednesday 23 October, 2019
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Another blanket of snow... and the worst is still to come

It’s another poor morning for Ireland with another batch of icy roads – with temperatures still yet to hit their lowest.

It's bad news for the ducks: temperatures could still hit as low as -10'C tonight.
It's bad news for the ducks: temperatures could still hit as low as -10'C tonight.
Image: Niall Carson/PA Wire

IT’S ANOTHER difficult morning for the country’s commuters, with new layers of fresh ice in east Leinster and western Munster causing fresh travel worries for drivers.

The overnight snow and ice has caused delays to flights at Dublin Airport with ice and snow falling on the main runway; though flights have resumed, priority for landing slots will be given to flights that were diverted to Shannon earlier this morning, and passengers are advised to contact their airlines.

Roads around Sandyford and Dundrum are particularly icy, while the main N11 road from Dublin to Wexford is particularly treacherous, with a jackknifed truck blocking the road at Camolin. The M50 is also very icy, with motorists having trouble climbing the off-ramps.

Elsewhere, areas around Carlow and Kilkenny have been hardest hit by the latest overnight freeze, with Bagenalstown and Thomastown among the towns toughest hit.

Though many areas on the east coast have seen a relative thaw overnight – with Dublin city itself escaping any new significant snowfall, there seems to be little chance of a respite from the cold snap.

Met Éireann has warned that Leinster and Munster can still expect to experience up to four inches of snow in the next day, while temperatures could still reach as as low as -10′C overnight.

Public transport remains somewhat hampered; Bus Éireann has had to continue diversions on many of its routes serving counties Louth, Meath and Tyrone, while Dublin Bus has also had to adjust many of its routes to account for impassible roads.

Details of their closures can be found at the respective Bus Éireann and Dublin Bus websites. The AA’s website is also maintaining an interactive map of affected roads around Ireland.

Ferry sailings have once again been affected, with the Dublin Swift sailings between Dublin and Holyhead once again cancelled.

This video, sent to us by Cathal Furey of Present Tense Productions, captures some of the snowfall around the capital and elsewhere in the past days.

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