Snow and ice warning issued as temperatures plunge

Snow and ice warning issued as temperatures plunge

Yellow warnings for snow and ice have also been issued across the region from midnight on Friday to 6pm on Saturday.

From 11pm tonight, a status orange snow-ice warning will be in place for 13 counties in Connacht, Ulster and Leinster.

The Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government and local authorities are operating cold weather initiatives for rough sleepers, specifically ensuring additional temporary bed space is made available.

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Met Eireann are also urging people to take care on roads and footpaths in the icy conditions.

Further snow and ice expected overnight - and Met Eireann is warning paths and roads will again be treacherous overnight and tomorrow. The coldest areas will be inland and across the north and east. Allow extra distance between you and the vehicle in front. It also warned that stopping distances are up to 10 times longer in icy conditions.

The orange warning issued today at 11am covers all of Connaught, as well as Cavan, Monaghan, Donegal, Dublin, Kildare, Laois, Longford, Louth, Wicklow, Offaly, Westmeath and Meath. There has already been falls of snow in parts of the country with more forecast and motorists are asked to heed the changing conditions. Most places will be dry and bright with sunny spells, but cloudier in the southwest of Munster with rain developing into the afternoon.

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