“Status Yellow” – Ice warnings for whole of Ireland

“Status Yellow” – Ice warnings for whole of Ireland

Met Éireann and the UK Met Office have issued a Status Yellow ice warning that covers all of Ireland and Northern Ireland until 10 am tomorrow. All individuals should take extra precautions when travelling in hazardous conditions.

Met Éireann cautioned of perilous conditions, including slippery roads and paths, because of the sub-zero temperatures. Northern Ireland is expected to face some travel disruption due to snowfall & icy patches.

Weather conditions are expected to remain extremely cold until Thursday. Temperatures will drop to between 0°C and -4°C tonight, with the possibility of frost, ice and snowfall. Widespread sharp frosts and icy patches could also occur.

Temperatures tomorrow morning will be chilly with frost & ice in some areas. It will then become a cold and sunny day with no precipitation and plenty of sunshine.

It is essential to wipe windows and mirrors clean before taking off in snowy weather, reduce speed, and maintain a safe distance from the car ahead to avoid any chances of an accident.

According to the Road Safety Authority (RSA), motorists should avoid oversteering, harsh braking and harsh acceleration, and should opt for the highest gear possible to avoid wheel spin. The RSA also advised drivers to select a low gear when travelling downhill, particularly when going through bends.

Cyclists & motorcyclists should always brake before corners and wear gloves to stay safe. Pedestrians should be aware of the potential danger of slipping & falling while walking on surfaces that are wet or slippery.

Mark Bowe from Met Éireann has predicted that temperatures will start to get a bit warmer tomorrow but will not reach past the mid-single figures by afternoon. Unfortunately, temperatures are expected to drop back down to minus three or four degrees during the night.

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