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Motorists warned to take care on icy roads as temperatures hit -6°

Temperatures have dropped to as low as -6°C around parts of the country this morning, creating dangerous driving conditions.

MOTORISTS HAVE BEEN urged to drive with caution this morning as temperatures drop to as low as -6° celsius, causing dangerous driving conditions.

AA Roadwatch has advised motorists to give themselves extra time for their journey and warned that stopping distances are ten times longer on ice.

Icy conditions have been reported in Navan and Kells in Meath, around Naas in Kildare, and in Portlaoise in Laois.

AA Roadwatch says temperatures of -6.1°C have been recorded on the N2/Dublin Road in Monaghan already this morning while the N81/Baltinglass Road in Wicklow has hit -4.6°C.

Dublin City Council gritted roads with salt between 3am and 6am this morning in a bid to ease the dangerous driving conditions.

Met Éireann has said it will remain cold for the rest of the day, rising to just 2°C or 3°C in the north of the country and a somewhat milder 5°C to 7°C in the south.

The rest of the week will remain cold with flutters of snow expected on higher ground, particular over northern areas on Wednesday night.

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