Warning to motorists as snow and ice forecast

Met Eireann is forecasting cold conditions overnight and into tomorrow with some snow accumulating even at lower levels

Temperatures are expected to fall as low as -5C on Monday night in the Midlands, Wales, the north-east and Wales, with warnings that drivers could face risky icy conditions on the roads on Tuesday morning.

Showers are expected overnight and tomorrow morning.

"The wintry showers will continue through most of Tuesday across central and western parts of the country, although they will tend to turn back to rain at low levels, but accumulations will continue on the hills".

"Some unsafe driving conditions can be expected as road temperatures are likely to be close to freezing or below".

Showers of hail and sleet are also likely.

Craig said: "It will be a frosty start to the morning, people should take care on the roads as there will be a few slippery surfaces".

Temperatures are expected to drop below freezing tonight with some sleet or snow forecast on higher ground in Dublin and across the country.

A spokesperson for the RSA said: "Watch out for "black ice". It can occur especially in sheltered / shaded areas on roads, under trees and adjacent to high walls.

Clear your windows and mirrors before you set out, carry a screen scraper and de-icer. Select a low gear when travelling downhill especially if through bends. Use dipped headlights and decrease speed smoothly.

It also advises pedestrians & cyclists to wear high visibility clothing, and to be careful when approaching roads or footpaths covered in snow or ice. A light dusting of snow may occur very locally.

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