Belfast Telegraph

Roads warning as temperatures fall

Motorists are bracing themselves for treacherous road conditions as temperatures plummet as the cold snap continues.

AA Roadwatch warned snow is falling on icy and slushy road surfaces, making routes hazardous nationwide.

Drivers were urged not to make any unnecessary trips.

Met Eireann has forecast widespread frost and ice, along with further hail, sleet and snow showers over the eastern half of Leinster and parts of east Munster and the south coast.

Meteorologist Pat Clarke said temperatures will remain below zero in a lot of areas over the coming days.

He also warned of gale-force winds along the east coast and pockets of freezing fog, with lowest temperatures dropping to minus 8 degrees Celsius.

"There is no sign of any mild weather yet," he said.

Hundreds of schools around the country closed for a second day as heavy snowfall settled.

Catherine Byrne, Fine Gael spokesperson for older citizens, called on communities and the wider public to pay careful attention to the needs of their older neighbours during the period of cold weather.

"It must be remembered that between 1,500 and 2,000 additional deaths occur during the winter months in Ireland," she said.

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