Met Eireann warn freezing temperatures and snow to continue

by Rose Barrett
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Met Éireann has again issued a warning this morning that pockets of freezing fog may cause hazardous conditions for road users as the National Emergency Co-ordination Group meets in Dublin today to assess the further impact of the cold snap.

Snow was forecast to fall in Dublin, Kildare and Wicklow and already council vehicles have been out across the capital trying to reduce the consequences of snowfall. With only two weeks to go to Christmas, today is expected to be another heavy day for Christmas shopping and Santa visits.

It’s especially cold this morning with a widespread severe frost, ice on roads and paths as well as patches of freezing fog. Wintry showers will also occur at times. Frost and fog will linger in places through the day with temperatures only reaching 0 to +3 degrees in light northerly or variable breezes.

Council vehicle out in Stepaside this am. Photo: RTE

Motorists are urged not to travel unless it’s absolutely necessary and if heading into the city, to factor additional time, given the fog and road conditions, travelling will be slow. Similarly, those using public transport should note services may also be impacted.

Dublin Airport again suffered flight delays and cancellations so passengers planning to fly out or into the Dublin facility should keep up to date with their airline online sites.

Tonight, Met Eireann predict it will be bitterly cold again with temperatures falling between -3 to -6 degrees. Largely dry and clear though there is the chance of isolated wintry showers. Freezing fog will also develop widely in light variable breezes, falling near calm at times.

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