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01st Feb 2019

AA Roadwatch and Met Éireann issue warnings of icy roads as temperatures set to plummet again on Friday night

Rory Cashin


There are already reports of several road closures.

The entire country is still in the grips of a snow and ice weather warning, with temperatures set to drop to as low as -6 in places on Friday night.

Things don’t look like they’ll be getting much better any time soon, as Saturday night will see lows of -3, and Monday night getting as “high” as -1.

In the meantime, Met Éireann have warned everyone to “Be cautious on roads and footpaths this morning!”, with certain parts of the country still suffering from the brunt of the cold:

Additionally, AA Roadwatch issued the following statement:

“Slippery conditions have been reported this morning around Letterkenny, Sligo Town, Castlebar, Carrick-on-Shannon, Mullingar, Longford Town, Monaghan Town and Cavan Towns, as well as on higher ground in Wicklow.

“A Status Yellow snow-ice warning remains in place until midday on Sunday 3rd February. It is likely to remain very cold for the rest of the week.

“Particular care is advised on secondary and local routes, and on higher ground, where ice and frost may linger.

“Remember it takes up to ten times longer to stop on an icy road. In affected areas, slow down, keep further back from the vehicle in front and keep all manoeuvres gentle.”

They’ve also issued a statement regarding some specific roads in Wicklow that are currently closed due to the weather:

“Extreme caution is needed on higher ground in Wicklow due to icy conditions, including around Roundwood, Glendalough and Rathdrum. A number of mountain routes are closed this morning, including the Wicklow Gap (R756), the Sally Gap (R759) and the Old Military Rd (R115) between the Sally Gap and Glencree.”

For more information on how to properly prepare for the low temperatures, whether it is driving or simply keeping your house warm, heading to the Winter Ready website right here.

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