26/11/2010

Up To 5cm Snow To Fall

Met Eireann have released a weather warning as biting cold sets to engulf Ireland this winter.

From today and through the weekend, snow showers will affect north Connacht, Donegal and eastern counties of Leinster giving accumulations of three to five centimetres of snow.

According to Met Eireann this morning, these accumulations will occur mainly during night time, with thawing likely by day. However, generally throughout the country, there will be sharp or severe ground frosts at night, leading to ice formation on damp and untreated surfaces.

Meanwhile The Road Safety Authority (RSA) has issued a Road Safety Alert, and outlined detailed advice for those driving in snow and ice.

"Remember your only contact with the road surface is your tyres so it’s vital that they are up to the task in icy and snowy conditions. Check tyres, including spare wheel, and replace them if the tread depth falls below 3mm.

"Check that tyres are inflated to the correct tyre pressure. Lack of grip can occur even on treated roads so drive slowly in the highest gear possible, manoeuvre gently and avoid harsh braking. Replace tyres if necessary."

The RSA also advised drivers to manoeuvre gently, slow down and leave extra distance from the vehicle in front.

The statement warning: "Too much steering is bad and avoid harsh braking and acceleration. Use the highest gear possible to avoid wheel spin. Select a low gear when travelling downhill especially if through bends. Falling snow, fog, rain, or hail will reduces visibility.

"Do not hang on to the tail lights of the vehicle in front of you as it can give a false sense of security. When you slow down, use your brakes so that the brake lights warn drivers behind you."

More detailed information about travelling in wintry conditions can be found at the RSA website: RSA Road Safety Alert - SNOW AND ICE

(DW)

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