LATEST: Driving conditions hazardous as snow and ice hit Cork

LATEST: Driving conditions hazardous as snow and ice hit Cork
Snow in Grenagh this morning 28.1.2020. Pic: Cork Safety Alerts/Barry Higgins

PARTS of Cork have been peppered in snowfall this morning and warnings have been issued regarding hazardous driving conditions across the city and county.

There are also reports of icy conditions across Cork this morning with drivers advised to take extreme care with a number of minor accidents being reported.

Snow has fallen in higher parts of the county but the city mostly escaped snowfall, although outer lying areas including Cork Airport have been affected by some snow.

A Status Yellow Snow/Ice Warning is in place for the entire country until today at 12pm.

Parents are being advised to check with schools regarding opening times. Scoil Bhride in Rathcormac has taken the decision to delay opening until 11am.

Gardaí are reporting icy conditions in many areas this morning, particularly in parts of the west and north of the country.

Icy conditions and black ice patches have been reported in a number of areas including Donoughmore, Blarney, Whites Cross, Grange Road, Donnybrook Hill and Douglas.

This morning AA Roadwatch said: “Allow extra time this morning to de-ice your vehicle.
Remember it can take up to ten times longer to stop in ice or snow, so slow down and leave extra space to brake.” 

All bus services in the city are operating as normal Bus Eireann has said.

Cork Airport has said all flights are currently on schedule but tweeted: "First wave of departing flights @CorkAirport have departed on schedule following overnight snow and ice preparedness. Allow extra journey time to and from Ireland’s fastest growing airport this morning."

Met Eireann said this morning that the cold conditions will continue today and tonight.

“A cold and frosty start this morning with icy stretches on untreated surfaces and some lying snow. There will be a mix of sunshine and scattered wintry showers, with an ongoing risk of hail and thunder. Highest temperatures of 4 to 6 degrees in fresh and gusty westerly winds, strong along coast.

“Scattered showers will continue tonight but will increasing fall as rain and will ease towards dawn. Lows of between 0 and +4 degrees early in the night with patchy frost in eastern parts but temperatures increasing to between 3 to 5 degrees by morning. Westerly winds will be mostly moderate.”

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