CORK WEATHER: Everything to know about today’s Status Orange Ice alert
It was a bitterly cold night.
And conditions aren’t about to warm up too much today, with a Status Orange Low Temperature/Ice warning remaining in place until noon on Monday.
Met Éireann has warned that the severe frost and icy stretches that set in on Sunday night, accompanied by patches of freezing fog, brought temperatures below -5 degrees in many areas.
Cork City Council said its crews are gritting Cork’s roads and footpaths 24/7, but if you’re venturing out today it’s wise to take it easy and be extra cautious as accidents are likely.
“Motorists are asked to avoid unnecessary journeys as driving conditions will be hazardous. If a journey must be undertaken, please slow down, allow extra time and be aware of other roads users, especially vulnerable road users such as pedestrians and cyclists.” said a spokesperson.
Status Orange – Low Temperature/Ice warning for Ireland
A severe frost and further icy stretches will set in on Sunday night, accompanied by patches of freezing fog. Temperatures likely to fall below -5 degrees in many areas.
17:00 Sunday 11/12/2022 to 12:00 Monday 12/12/2022 pic.twitter.com/Tb4zL0Cd9r
— Met Éireann (@MetEireann) December 10, 2022
Meanwhile, a Status Yellow Low Temperature/Ice warning will remain in place throughout the week, right up until Friday.
Forecasters are warning that it will remain “very cold through the week with widespread sharp to severe frosts and icy stretches.
“Some showers of hail, sleet, and snow will occur, mainly near coasts. Accumulations at lower levels are expected to remain low.
Freezing fog will occur at times, with winds remaining light over the land.” they added.
Experts say that possible impacts include treacherous conditions on paths and roads, travel disruption, potential supply disruption, the potential for burst water pipes and damage to engines, increased risks to vulnerable members of the community and animal welfare issues.