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Dublin: 2 °C Sunday 15 December, 2019

Watch out: Drivers warned to take care on icy roads

Gardaí and AA Roadwatch are warning drivers to take care after freezing weather created dangerous conditions across the country.

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Image: Eamonn Farrell/Photocall Ireland

DRIVERS HAVE BEEN warned to take extra care on the country’s roads this morning as cold weather has created dangerous conditions.

Freezing fog and icy roads have led to a number of minor collisions already, while a car has overturned on the ice in Inniscarra in Cork.

AA Roadwatch has advised drivers to use fog lights to navigate through freezing fog, particularly in Limerick and Galway cities. Severe ice has been reported on the Clonmel Road and the Mitchelstown Road in Tipperary.

The Gardaí have advised drivers to leave extra space between their vehicles and other road users to avoid crashes.

Anyone hoping for some good news about the weather may want to look away now: the cold weather is expected to last until the weekend, with Met Éireann warning that freezing rain is likely to arrive later today.

The current forecast predicts that rain is likely to start in the west later today and spread eastwards, turning to sleet over some higher ground. Temperatures are set to stay cold, hitting highs of just between 3 and 5 degrees for most of the day.

The weekend is set to stay cold with severe frost expected on Saturday night. Sorry.

The temperature was below zero across most of Ireland at 6 o’clock this morning. (Image: Met Eireann)

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