Motorists warned of black ice and snow

The Road Safety Authority is warning motorists to take extra care this morning as heavy snow is forecast for several counties.

A Status Orange snow and ice warning is in place for counties Donegal, Leitrim, Mayo and Sligo, with snow accumulations of between up to 8cm expected.

A Status Yellow snow and ice warning is also in place for Longford, Cavan, Monaghan, Galway and Roscommon where up to 4cm of snow could fall before midnight.

Read: Even this 4x4 was no match for Cork's icy roads

Brian Farrell from the RSA said that black-ice can be particularly treacherous when temperatures dip below freezing.

"If you're looking out this mnorning and there's no snow on the roads, that doesn't mean it's safe," he said.

"We have had a lot of rain recently, and Met Éireann are predicting temperatures below 0, so that means that we could have icy roads.

"While many of the national and secondary routes may be gritted, all the smaller, local roads may not have been gritted.

"So you reallt need to be on guard, slow down, be ready to react in case of a loss of traction and a loss of control of the vehichle."

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