Cork has not been included in a status orange freezing fog weather warning which has come into effect for most of Ireland but the city and county still face extremely cold and wintry conditions over the coming days.
Met Éireann said this morning that freezing fog, which will be dense in places, would persist throughout Monday leading to “very hazardous” driving conditions.
The forecaster issued the warning on Monday morning for Connacht, Carlow, Dublin, Kildare, Kilkenny, Laois, Longford, Louth, Meath, Offaly, Westmeath, Cavan, Donegal, Monaghan, Clare, Limerick and Tipperary.
The alert was due to remain in place until midnight.
Cork and the rest of Ireland are under a status yellow - low temperature/ice warning, with the forecaster warning it will remain 'very cold through the week with widespread sharp to severe frosts and icy stretches'.
People have been warned to take extra care on the roads over the coming days and to check on the elderly as temperatures could drop to minus 10C.
On Sunday morning, the National Emergency Co-ordination Group convened to discuss the effects of Ireland’s first cold snap in recent years.
The group will meet each day this week to provide advice.
A status orange low temperature/ice warning for the entire country was in place from Sunday night until noon on Monday.
Met Éireann said temperatures fell below minus 5C in many areas.
The status yellow low-temperature warning has been issued for Ireland until noon on Friday.
The forecaster said it would remain very cold through the week with widespread “sharp to severe frosts and icy stretches”, and some showers of hail, sleet and snow will occur, mainly near coasts.
This will lead to treacherous conditions on paths and roads, travel disruption, potential for burst water pipes and damage to engines.
Met Eireann also warned of increased risks to vulnerable members of the community and animal welfare issues.
The Road Safety Authority warned road users of the dangers posed by freezing fog, combined with widespread severe frost causing a risk of icy roads.
Cork city and county experienced numerous power outages this Monday due to freezing conditions.
ESB crews have been busy repairing the outages which mainly affected Mayfield and Carrigaline.
Some 431 customers have been affected in Mayfield, Cork city, on December 12, from the first report of an outage at 5.30am. It was expected that electricity will be restored at 11.45am this morning Customers were affected in the Carrigaline area, in two separate incidents: 14 customers were affected from 8.24am to an expected restore time of 12 noon, and nearby at Factory Cross, 24 customers experienced an outage from 8am to an expected restore time of 12 noon.
Carrigshane in east Cork experienced an outage from 9.45am to an estimated restore time of 1.30pm today, with 34 customers affected.
An outage at Dennehy’s Cross in Cork city, that affected 44 customers from 8.02am, was restored at 10.03am this morning.
For more information, check powercheck.esbnetworks.ie
🔶 Orange - Low Temperature/Ice Warning 🔶— RSA Ireland (@RSAIreland) December 11, 2022
Continuing Hazardous Road Conditions and Freezing Fog across Ireland
Combined with low temperatures, leading to a widespread severe frost, with a risk of icy roads.
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Power’s out in Mayfield this morning #cork pic.twitter.com/zt4LDnurVi— Greg Murphy 🤓 (@TheGregMurphy) December 12, 2022
⚠️ Motorists are asked to avoid unnecessary journeys as driving conditions will be hazardous. If a journey must be undertaken, please slow down, allow extra time and be aware of other roads users, especially vulnerable road users such as pedestrians and cyclists ⚠️ pic.twitter.com/eqmUYi8kOc— Cork County Council (@Corkcoco) December 11, 2022
Bright & bitterly cold this morning with frost, ice and freezing fog, which may linger through much of the day🥶🥶— Met Éireann (@MetEireann) December 12, 2022
Wintry showers in the northwest, largely dry elsewhere🌨️
Temperatures will reach just -2 to +4°C, remaining below freezing for much of the north midlands📉🌡️ pic.twitter.com/nnf37eX3xK