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Atlantic storms to be replaced with snow, ice and freezing weather

NewsBy Morgan Flanagan Creagh
Atlantic storms to be replaced with snow, ice and freezing weather

Met Eireann has this morning warned of frost and icy patches on roads as temperatures are expected to remain between 5-8 degrees.

Commuters were warned to expect severe frost this morning with the threat of black ice in many areas.

Both gardaí and the Road Safety Authority (RSA) urged motorists to exercise extreme caution when driving - particularly along inland areas and on higher ground - given the risk of ice on many already water-logged roads.

Severe frost and ice is predicted for later on tonight with widespread fog.

Rain is expected in the west which will fall as sleet or snow in places as temperatures plummet to between minus 2 and plus 3 degrees.

Met Eireann warned that it will remain bitterly cold into next week with the next four or five days marked by frost and icy patches.

Milder temperatures are unlikely to return until next Monday.

Meanwhile, the clean-up continued yesterday after Storm Imogen, with ESB repair crews focusing on damaged power lines in Cork and Kerry.

At the height of the storm, more than 5,000 families and businesses were left without power due to damaged lines.