Motorists warned to take care

Snow and icy conditions have made for hazardous driving conditions again this morning.

Snow and icy conditions have made for hazardous driving conditions again this morning.

Motorists are being warned to exercise extreme care after a band of sleet and snow crossed the country overnight.

It follows confirmation that Ireland is experiencing its longest cold snap in 30 years.

Conditions throughout the country deteriorated again overnight.

AA Roadwatch are reporting that most roads throughout Cork are icy after overnight rain froze on impact.

Worst affected areas include the N20 Mallow road, and around Bantry, where gardaí are advising motorists to avoid travel in the town

In Kerry, the Conor Pass near Dingle is closed, while in Co Tipperary the M8 is icy at Thurles and Cahir.

There is back ice between Limerick and Shannon.

In Leinster, there were reports that a number of vehicles became stuck between Dunsany Village and Ross Cross, while in Connacht, gardaí are reporting icy conditions throughout.

In Dublin, overnight snow means that conditions are worse than yesterday, particularly around Lucan.

All of which raises further questions about the gritting of roads by local authorities - particularly after it emerged that the Department of Transport had written to each in November reminding them to set aside contingency funds for weather related works.

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