Drivers asked to heed warnings

 

Wicklow Mountain Rescue has asked motorists to heed warnings about road closures after responding to five callouts from drivers stuck in heavy snow in the last 24 hours.

In a statement the rescue service said the the final incident ended at 3am today after a stranded motorist was brought to Blessington Garda station.

It said all roads leading to the Sally Gap as well as some other high mountain passes in the Wicklow area were impassable.

It asked drivers to heed the warnings and not attempt to drive these roads. The warning comes as Met Éireann said the threat of snow and flooding would remain into next week for many parts of the country and travel disruption caused could spread.

With highest temperatures of 2 to 4 degrees in the east today Met Éireann is warning of scattered outbreaks of sleet turning to snow on higher ground.

Flooding

Heavy rain has led to flooding in many parts of the country with counties Wicklow, Meath and Kildare particularly affected.

There is flooding in Wicklow town on Abbey St, Main St and Martin Rd after a river burst its banks. The Wicklow Gap and Sally Gap are impassable due to snow.

Drivers

Motorists in Co Kildare have been warned of surface water on the N7 near Junction 6 while in Co Wicklow there are reports of surface water on the N11 between the Bray and Wicklow town exits.

In Co Meath the Oldbridge Rd is blocked at the Canal Bridge due to flooding while many routes in Donore are flooded.

The PSNI is advising motorists that driving conditions across the North are difficult.

The Road Safety Authority said road users should be extra vigilant on the roads. It advised them to check their local weather forecast before making any journeys.

Air passengers

Heavy snow and blizzards in parts of Britain have impacted on flights to Ireland. Two British Airways flights from Dublin to Heathrow this morning were cancelled and airlines are advising prospective passengers to check for updated flight information before departing for the airport.

The Exeter Chiefs v Leinster match is still scheduled to go ahead.

Met Éireann forecaster Joan Blackburn said there was a possibility of further wintry showers.

Frost and ice tonight could be accompanied by freezing fog and further showers of sleet and snow in the north and east on Sunday.

The Department of Transport also issued a warning last night saying severe weather conditions could affect national roads, bus, rail and other transport services.

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