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Nationwide Alert: Motorists Warned of Fog, Black Ice as Schools Reopen

Dublin: The Met Office, in collaboration with government agencies, has issued a nationwide warning to motorists, anticipating challenges posed by fog, black ice, and the resumption of school. A yellow fog alert remains effective until 10 a.m. today.

https://x.com/MetEireann/status/1744237600112628203?s=20

In the first five days of the new year, seven fatalities were reported in road accidents, underscoring the urgency of caution on the roads. With schools reopening after the Christmas break, a cold weather warning is in place for the entire country until 10:30 p.m. on Friday. Meteorological experts from Met have highlighted potential hazards due to heavy snow, sleet, and fog, emphasising the importance of vigilance during travel.

The prevailing cold and dry weather, attributed to rising atmospheric pressure, is expected to persist across Ireland. While fog is anticipated to clear in the eastern and southern counties by this morning, a warning remains in effect until 10 a.m.

The Road Safety Authority (RSA) and Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII) have jointly urged motorists to exercise extreme caution, particularly in snowy conditions. Recommendations include the appropriate use of fog lights while driving, reducing speed, maintaining a safe distance from other vehicles, and ensuring clear visibility through the use of defrosters.

With the resumption of school and adverse weather conditions potentially causing traffic congestion, both the RSA and TII emphasise the need for strict adherence to safety instructions. Motorists are cautioned to be extra vigilant regarding black ice, a hazard prevalent in icy conditions.

Alan O’Reilly of Carlow Weather predicts the continuation of cold and snowy conditions for the next few days, with colder air expected from the north around the 15th. Although frost and fog may ease by morning, the forecast remains dry. Tuesday is expected to be cold yet dry, bright, and sunny, with the western regions experiencing more sunlight than the eastern areas. Widespread snow and frost, along with light winds, are anticipated.

Hear the latest National Forecast for today & the next few days: https://x.com/MetEireann/status/1744242334714171773?s=20

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