Freezing Conditions To Last All Week

The ice and snow encrusting Ireland after a weekend of heavy downpours of snow is expected to remain for much of the week as temperatures continue to stay below zero.

Met Eireann issued another weather warning today, saying that widespread and "very severe" frost and icy conditions will a fixture of this morning and the rest of the week, while temperatures will generally not rise above zero during daytime.

Some snow showers and pockets of freezing fog will also materialise but most areas will remain dry.

The Met Office also advised that arctic conditions would be continuing up to Christmas Day before a bout of Atlantic air flow becomes established.

Ulster, Connaught and North Leinster are worst affected today by severe freezing conditions with temperatures remaining as low as -10.9°C on the N4 Collooney Bypass and at Longford, while it is as low as -9°C on the M6 West Ballinasloe, N17 Tuam, N7 Roscrea and the N3 Cavan.

Daytime temperatures are expected to remain sub zero for the majority of the country today and conditions are unlikely to improve.

In the north, the Department of Environment announcement that no driving tests were carried out on Friday - due to severe weather conditions, being just one of a list of such cancellations.

While Belfast's airports are open, cancellations and delays are expected to continue - and City of Derry Airport was still closed this morning - with a review due later.

A further 10 to 15cms of snow has falled in some places, with freezing conditions making all roads hazardous.

A Roads Service spokesperson said: "Motorists are advised that, despite the treatment undertaken, driving conditions will be extremely hazardous across Northern Ireland this morning and they should exercise extreme caution on all roads when travelling."

Severe frost is expected to develop again tonight, with very icy conditions persisting over frozen and compacted snow and some freezing fog is likely in places again too as some train services were disrupted and bus services were "sticking to main roads", and some delays were expected on the express Goldline service.

Up to 500 schools were not expected to open on Monday due to the weather as well, with no thaw anticipated until Thursday at the earliest.


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