Gardai warn motorists to drive with 'extreme care' due to snow and ice

Snow on the roads in the Dublin Mountains yesterday
Snow on the roads in the Dublin Mountains yesterday

Commuters have been advised to take extreme caution this morning as widespread ice and snow have been reported across the country.

As temperatures sank as low as -1 last night, this morning has begun very cold with frost and icy patches on our roads.

While the majority of the country is set to remain dry, rain and sleet showers will fall in those counties that fall under the weather warning remit.

The southwest regions will see some rain or drizzle as the afternoon progresses.

Motorists have also been warned to expect severe frost, freezing fog and icy roads tonight  as temperatures will plummet to between zero and -5 degrees.

AA Roadwatch have reported that road temperatures are below zero in many areas and as low as -3.7°C on the M7 Dublin/ Limerick Rd near J22 Roscrea.

They have warned drivers that stopping distances in snow and ice "are ten times longer".

"Slow down, drive with extreme care and leave additional time to complete your journey," an AA spokesperson warns. 

On Saturday, widespread frost is expected to hit the country, and temperatures will plummet to as low as -6 degrees that night.