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Snow and ice weather warning issued

Thursday, 12th January, 2017 10:35am

It’s time to grab the hats, scarves and gloves, as Met Éireann has issued a snow and ice weather alert for Galway.

A Status Yellow warning remains in effect in Galway since 5am this morning (Thursday) until 6pm on Friday. The weather advisory is also in place in Roscommon, Munster and Leinster.

A Status Orange snow-ice weather warning has also been issued for Mayo, Sligo, Donegal, Leitrim, Cavan and Monaghan and will remain in effect until Friday at 6pm.  

TONIGHT:

It will be very cold with further showers of hail, sleet and snow. The showers will be heavy for a time, and will become isolated inland overnight. Lowest temperatures of minus 1 to 2 degrees, with frost and ice in places.

TOMORROW:

Friday will also be very cold. Highest temperatures of 3 to 5 degrees in a moderate to fresh and occasionally gusty west to north-west wind. There will be some sunshine and scattered showers of rain and sleet, and snow in places.

ADVICE:

AA Ireland is warning motorists to prepare for hazardous driving conditions in the coming days.

“Icy conditions and snow are a real danger for motorists,” Conor Faughnan, AA Director of Consumer Affairs warned.

“Even where roads are treated the grip of the tyres and the braking distance that you have to allow are very different. What may look like a perfectly safe surface may have ice lingering especially in shady spots, and you may not know it until you touch the brakes and your control is lost. Even a small skid can be terrifying.”

In particular, the AA is warning drivers to exercise caution when driving on older or untreated roads where possible if ice becomes an issue. While modern cars with anti-lock braking systems (ABS) are significantly less likely to skid in icy conditions, drivers of older vehicles are advised to avoid sudden braking and to use the highest gear possible while driving so as to reduce the risk of losing control.

Furthermore, the motoring organisation is warning motorists to be on the lookout for vulnerable road users, particularly pedestrians and cyclists. 

CHECKING IN:

Age Action is urging communities to help ensure their older neighbours remain safe and well during the current spell of cold weather.

Justin Moran, Head of Advocacy and Communications with Age Action, said the cold weather can be particularly challenging for elderly people.

“We would really urge family, friends and neighbours to check in on any older people they know living nearby, particularly those who may be living alone or have difficulty getting out and about. Dropping in to say hello or a quick phone call to make sure everything is okay will always be welcome.”

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