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Snow joke Ireland weather: Snow/ice alert in place amid 'icy hazardous conditions' and -5C lows

AA Roadwatch are advising motorists to take "extreme caution" due to the "very icy" nature of the roads this morning.

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A man cycles in snow (stock photo). Photo: Niall Carson/ PA

A man cycles in snow (stock photo). Photo: Niall Carson/ PA

A man cycles in snow (stock photo). Photo: Niall Carson/ PA

A nationwide snow/ice alert remains in place this morning as Met Eireann warn of "icy and hazardous" conditions.

The Status Yellow warning came into effect at 6pm last night and will last until 12pm today.

Temperatures plummeted to a freezing -5.2 degrees in Athenry, Co Galway yesterday while lows of -4.7 degrees were recorded at Moore Park in Cork.

Snow fell in parts of the country, including Donegal, Roscommon, Westmeath and Galway, leaving roads treacherous.

And it's another chilly start today with lows of -2 degrees at Malin Head in Donegal and -1 degrees in Dublin and Knock, Co Mayo.

According to Met Eireann, Gurteen in Co Sligo and Mullingar in Co Westmeath are among the areas experiencing "snow grains" this morning.

AA Roadwatch are advising motorists to take "extreme caution" due to the "very icy" nature of the roads this morning.

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Sheep in icy conditions in the Maam Valley, north of Galway. Photo: PA

Sheep in icy conditions in the Maam Valley, north of Galway. Photo: PA

Sheep in icy conditions in the Maam Valley, north of Galway. Photo: PA

A spokesperson said the areas worst affected included Clifden in Co Galway, Co Roscommon and Co Wexford.

They said: "Extreme caution is advised around Clifden and on the N59 between there and Maam Cross after snowfall last night."

Meanwhile, snow is also affecting driving conditions on the M4 and M6 near Kinnegad, Co Westmeath, so extreme caution is advised.

In Wexford, particularly icy conditions have been reported on the N25 between Wexford Town and New Ross.

And Gardai are advising motorists in Wicklow to avoid the Sally Gap, Wicklow Gap, and all upland areas where possible due to icy conditions.

Waterford, Kerry and Cork have also been affected by the snow and ice.

A Met Eireann spokesperson revealed the scattered rain, sleet and snow will continue through the day with some accumulations possible.

However, wintry showers will become mainly confined to Leinster by evening with sunny spells and isolated showers elsewhere.

And wrap up warm as it will be "bitterly cold" with highs of just one to four degrees, in light to moderate northwest breezes.

Tonight will see temperatures plunge again to as low as -5 as a "widespread sharp frost" and "freezing fog" grip the country.

Met Eireann revealed: "A widespread sharp to severe frost will set in, along with icy stretches. Some freezing fog too, especially across the northeast and east. lowest temperatures of -2 to -5 degrees. Light to moderate westerly winds will back southwesterly overnight."

Looking ahead to Monday, there will be more frost, fog and icy stretches clearing on Monday morning.

Wintry showers, mainly or rain and sleet, will affect the north and northwest from early on but it will clear to reveal a dry day with sunny spells and isolated showers elsewhere.

It will be slightly warmer with highs of three to seven degrees.

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