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Status Yellow

Warning to motorists as nationwide ice and low temperature warning in place

A Status Yellow low temperature/ice warning is in place until midday.

LAST UPDATE | 16 Jan 2023

MET ÉIREANN AND the Road Safety Authority (RSA) have warned the public about hazardous conditions caused by ice and low temperatures tomorrow.

A Status Yellow low temperature/ice warning is in place nationwide until midday on Tuesday. 

There will be wintry showers in the northwest and southwest. Met Éireann has also said accumulations are possible, especially in mountainous areas. 

The UK Met Office has also issued a warning for Northern Ireland for the second day in a row which will also remain in place until midday tomorrow.

Met Éireann has warned that icy stretches will lead to hazardous travelling conditions, especially on untreated roads and paths. 

The RSA is also advising all road users to be prepared for sharp to severe frosts and icy stretches on roads and footpaths.

Motorists are encouraged to clear their windows and mirrors of any ice, to carry a screen scraper and de-icer and to keep in mind that it takes longer to brake in icy conditions.

The RSA has also advised drivers to avoid too much steering, harsh braking, and acceleration.

The next few days will be cold due to an Arctic airflow reaching Ireland, according to Met Éireann.

Some showers of hail, sleet and snow are also predicted.

Gardaí have been advising motorists to consider alternative routes or plans if intending to travel to Sally Gap in the Wicklow Mountains. 

Road users to be wary of black ice in shaded areas, to drive slowly to avoid skidding and to avoid braking or accelerating if their car begins to skid in black ice.

With reporting by Hayley Halpin

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