Motorists Warned Of Severe Weather Conditions

Drivers are being advised to be particularly cautious whilst on the roads today as severe weather took hold last night.

Despite a comprehensive gritting operation early this morning, some conditions remain treacherous, especially on county and back roads.

Yesterday, Met Éirieann issued a severe weather warning, saying heavy snowfalls were expected yesterday evening and overnight in Leinster and Ulster, with blizzard conditions in places and further falls of 10 centimetres or more.

Road temperatures are below zero on many routes, with snow, ice and slush affecting Leinster, Ulster and parts of Munster.

AA Road watch has said that although conditions are not as bad as yesterday, drivers should still take extra care while on the roads.

"Allow plenty of extra time for your journey, reduce your speed, keep a safe distance from the vehicle in front, make sure your windscreen is completely cleared of snow or ice before setting out and remember to use your dipped headlights," a spokesman said.

Schools were reported shut down in Donegal, Carlow, Meath and Kilkenny because of the treacherous conditions.

But despite the downfall, there is little disruption to flights out of Irish airports this morning, according to schedules.

In Dublin Airport flights to the UK departed this morning with minor delays. Inbound flights from the UK however have been badly disrupted following a snow deluge in Southern England.

Met Eireann has warned that the cold snap will probably continue for the rest of the week.


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