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Warning of treacherous conditions on roads with temperatures set to dip to -4 tonight

Motorists are being urged to take care on the roads after wintry showers overnight.

Updated Jan 7th 2021, 12:50 PM

MET ÉIREANN HAS extended its Low Temperature/Ice warning for the whole country with temperatures set to dip to as low as -4 tonight with ice forming on untreated surfaces. 

The warning is in place from 5pm until 11am tomorrow. 

AA Roadwatch said this morning that the weather is affecting numerous routes around the country. 

It includes:

  • KILDARE: Gardaí in Kildare are advising care on all routes following recent snowfall which has resulted in slippery conditions.
  • WICKLOW: The Sally Gap and Wicklow Gap are both impassable due to icy road conditions. Use alternative routes.
  • SLIGO: Icy conditions around Ballymote and on local roads around Sligo Town. Care is needed in all areas in the county however due to treacherous conditions. Watch out for black ice.
  • DONEGAL: Routes around Milford and Ramelton are slippery with ice.
  • CAVAN: Care is needed around Bailieborough due to ice on the roads.
  • MONAGHAN: There’s snow and ice on routes in Carrickmacross so take extreme care if making an essential journey.
  • MAYO: Watch out for icy patches on secondary routes and in sheltered areas.
  • CORK CITY: Snow has been reported on routes around Cork City this morning.
  • KERRY: Reports of icy conditions on roads in north Kerry.
  • KILKENNY: Gardaí in Kilkenny City have reported snow. Take care in the area due to slippery conditions.
  • CLARE: Some slush and icy secondary routes around Ennis and also in Shannon.

AA Roadwatch urged motorists to take care, as it can take up to ten times longer to stop a vehicle in snow or ice. 

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Road users are being advised to reduce their speed, keep manoeuvres gentle and leave plenty of space between yourself and other road users.

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