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Motorists Urged To Exercise Caution Amid Snow And Ice Warning


02:56 7 Feb 2021

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Motorists are being urged to exercise caution as snow, ice and frost are forecast for the coming days.

Met Éireann is warning that temperatures could hit -4 degrees Celsius this week with wintry showers of rain, sleet or snow expected.

A national weather advisory is in place from today until Wednesday evening, bringing hazardous conditions on roads and paths.

The forecaster says it will be very cold with temperatures in low single figures by day and with sharp or severe frosts and icy patches at night.

In particular, "significant accumulations" are anticipated for Thursday as rain, sleet and snow move northeastwards over Ireland.

The National Directorate for Fire and Emergency Management also has a crisis plan ready for a severe snow event next week.

Meanwhile, a Status Yellow ice warning for Antrim, Armagh, Down and Tyrone is in place from 8pm tonight until 11am on Monday.

The UK Met Office has also issued a Status Yellow snow warning for the same counties from 5pm on Monday until 11am on Tuesday.

It says snow showers and icy stretches over parts of Northern Ireland may lead to some travel disruption.

AA Roadwatch is urging motorists across the country to exercise additional caution this week amid the snow and ice.

The AA is encouraging motorists to reduce their speed if driving in icy areas or during falling snow and to be on the lookout for vulnerable road users such as cyclists and pedestrians.

Main image: Traffic on the snow-covered N7 motorway at Newbridge Co Kildare in 2018. Photo: Eamonn Farrell/

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