Snow and ice warning issued as temperatures plunge

Offaly included in fresh snow and ice warning from Met √Čireann

Offaly included in fresh snow and ice warning from Met √Čireann

A Status Yellow snow and ice warning is also in place for the remainder of the country, where accumulations of up to 3cm are expected.

This follows a wind warning which has been put in place until this evening at 8pm.

They are forecasting north, northwest counties and areas on higher ground to be the worst affected but the entire country is at risk of snow.

It begins at 4pm on Thursday December 7 and will stay in place until 6pm on Friday December 8.

Looking ahead to tonight's forecast, Met Eireann predict: "Wintry showers will be widespread overnight and frequent in the north with accumulations of snow over inland parts of Ulster and other northern areas". As a result people are also advised to be careful on icy roads and footpaths. It will turn progressively colder as the day progresses, in a strong west to northwest wind and some of the showers will turn wintry later in the day.

"It will be cold for the next 10 days, with temperatures hardly making it up to 10C during the day", said Mr Eagleton.

Commenting on the research, Deirdre Ashe, Director of Personal Lines at Liberty Insurance, said: "Our research reveals that as a country, we now lack confidence in our driving abilities in adverse weather conditions".

The Road Safety Authority has cautioned motorists to expect the unexpected with high winds and icy conditions.

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