Snow hits travellers in the east

Snow showers in the east of the country are causing further problems for people travelling home for Christmas today.

Snow showers in the east of the country are causing further problems for people travelling home for Christmas today.

Met Eireann have said the showers - which are affecting parts of Dublin, Wicklow and Wexford - will continue throughout the afternoon but will come to an end this evening.

Local authority teams are working to clear main roads and motorways and a ship carrying salt has arrived in Cork boosting supplies to help keep the roads safe.

Chairman of the Government's Emergency Planning Committee Sean Hogan said principle roads will be clear over the next few days to help people get around over Christmas.

The ESB has issued a warning about the dangers of frozen reservoirs around the country.

People are being warned that the ice is just a few millimetres thick and should not be walked on or used for skating.

The recent cold snap has resulted in rivers and canals around the country freezing over.

Yesterday, the River Boyne in Drogheda in County Louth was frozen for the first time in living memory.

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