Gardaí in Cork have warned motorists to take care on roads in icy conditions throughout the county this morning.
Gardaí in Bandon said that "quite a lot of the roads in the area here are very icy at the minute" with roads toward Timoleague and roads toward Innishannon and Dunderrow in a particularly icy condition.
"Even the road going from Bandon toward Macroom is poor as well," a garda spokesperson told The Echo.
Gardaí have contacted Cork County Council to grit the roads as soon as possible.
The Innishannon/Kinsale Rd (R605) is currently closed, as emergency services deal with a crash.
Gardaí are also advising road users to avoid the Bandon/Timoleague Rd (R602) where possible as a number of trucks are currently stuck along the route following icy conditions.
There are also numerous reports of cars stuck along the roads or in ditches in various parts of the county.
Crew dealing with road traffic collision at Pearson’s Bridge, Ballylickey, road closed, diversions in place. Roads extremely slippy, please drive with extreme caution. @Corkcoco @CorkSafetyAlert @aaroadwatch @corkbeo @corkcountyfire pic.twitter.com/UBvEqf7cEj— Bantry Fire Brigade (@BantryFire) December 31, 2020
An incident is also blocking the regional road (R584) between Ballylickey and Ballingeary at Pearson’s Bridge and local diversions are in place.
Gardaí have already cleared two collisions in the city, one on Model Farm Rd and another on the South City Link Rd.
There are reports of snow in a number of places, including Mallow, Kilbrin and Aghabullogue.
Icy roads are making driving hazardous, even in areas with no snow - with icy conditions reported on the turn off to Rumleys Farm on the N71 towards Bishopstown and the Kinsale Road Roundabout.
AA Roadwatch are advising drivers to 'take extra caution if you have to make a journey in such conditions: it can take up to ten times longer to stop a vehicle, so slow down, avoid harsh braking or acceleration, and keep well back from whoever’s in front'.