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Dublin: 17 °C Friday 10 April, 2020

Snow-ice warning for entire country as motorists urged to keep eyes on the road

It’s a slushy day out there.

Updated Mar 3rd 2019, 7:15 PM

Winter weather March 3rd 2019 People walk in snowy conditions in Rathcoole, Dublin Source: Niall Carson/PA Images

A STATUS YELLOW snow-ice warning is place across the entire country as motorists are warned about treacherous road conditions. 

The warning was in place for Leinster and Tipperary earlier today but Met Éireann has this evening updated its advice to cover the entire country, lasting until 8am tomorrow morning.

“Snow clearing eastern counties early tonight. Cold countrywide overnight, with widespread frost, icy stretches and some lying snow,” Met Éireann has said it its latest update.

Snow falls across the country are affecting road routes, with sections of the M4, M7, M8 and M9 either covered in snow or with poor visibility.

PastedImage-11487 This picture of today's snow was taken in Co Offaly. Source: Sarah Fogarty

Poor driving conditions are being reported in several areas, especially in the midlands, with gardaí saying that routes around Tipperary, Kilkenny, Offaly, Laois, Westmeath and Meath all affected.

Kildare County Council has also urged motorists to be extra cautious and has said that motorists are being urged to concentrate on the road ahead instead of recording videos of falling snow.

PastedImage-77431 Heavy snow bending branches in south KIldare.

“We all know how treacherous driving conditions can be as a result of snow. Drivers should concentrate on the road ahead and managing their vehicle safely instead of recording videos as they drive,” said Road Safety Office Declan Keogh.

Doing the latter is illegal and it takes away the driver’s ability to control and manage the vehicle safely. It may also result in a collision which could end up far worse than the driver expected. 

PastedImage-11796 Tallaght in south county Dublin

There are significant delays on the M8 as emergency services are clearing a collision between junctions 3 and 4 northbound. 

Dublin’s M50 motorway is also experiencing some snowfalls but road maintenance crews have said that it is melting on contact.

Despite this, motorists are being urged to drive with care by increasing braking distances and keeping wipers and lights on. 

Kerry County Council has also urged motorists to be careful with accumulations on the N21.  

PastedImage-60349 Phoenix Park in Dublin. Source: Barbara Kilbride

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