It’s an icy start to the final week of January.
With a Status Yellow – Low Temperature/Ice warning in place for the entire country until 10am, Gardaí have urged motorists to slow down and take extra care on the roads this morning.
Temperatures of -5 to -2 degrees overnight have led to icy conditions in most parts of Cork, with particular care advised on secondary and local roads which are less likely to have been gritted.
Gardaí have already dealt with an accident on the Commons Road, with a warning also in place for the N22 at the county bounds between Ballyvourney and Clonkeen.
Bitterly cold & icy this morning with hazardous conditions on untreated surfaces. Frost, ice & any freezing fog will be slow to clear. Generally dry with sunny spells, just a few rain or hail showers in the west and north. Patchy rain in the west this evening. Highs of 3 to 7°C. pic.twitter.com/AQVHOpjZVv
— Met Éireann (@MetEireann) January 25, 2021
According to Met Éireann, frost, ice and any patches of freezing fog will be slow to clear: “Much of the morning and early afternoon will be dry with sunny spells and just a few isolated showers. However, cloud will increase from the west during the course of the afternoon with patchy rain developing during the evening.”
Afternoon temperatures will range between 4C and 7C.
“Allow yourself more time to fully de-ice your car before setting out and remember, it can take up to ten times longer to stop a vehicle on icy roads,” says AA Roadwatch.
“Slow down, avoid harsh manoeuvres and keep well back from whoever’s in front.”