Yellow Alert: Ireland on Watch for Freezing Conditions
Dublin- Ireland is bracing for freezing conditions on Thursday night, with temperatures expected to drop to minus 3 degrees. Met Éireann has issued a status yellow warning for Connacht and 18 counties from Kerry to Dublin, including Carlow, Cavan, Clare, Cork, Donegal, Galway, Kerry, Kildare, Kilkenny, Leitrim, Laois, Limerick, Longford, Louth, Mayo, Meath, Monaghan, Offaly, Roscommon, Sligo, Tipperary, Westmeath, and Wicklow. The warning, in effect from 6 pm Thursday until midday Friday, anticipates hazardous conditions on roads, footpaths, and in homes due to frost and ice.
In Northern Ireland, the UK Met Office issued a similar status yellow warning for all counties except Fermanagh, urging motorists to avoid driving if possible, with the warning in place until 10 am Friday.
The Road Safety Authority advises road users to prepare for the cold weather, recommending careful measures such as clearing windows and mirrors before driving, slowing down in icy conditions, and maintaining extra distance between vehicles. Vulnerable road users, including pedestrians, cyclists, and motorcyclists, are particularly emphasized, with a call for increased caution when overtaking. The authority also cautions against underestimating the danger of ice, emphasizing the risk of slips and falls in seemingly safe areas.
Local authorities have encouraged householders, especially the elderly and vulnerable, to stay indoors and keep warm, emphasizing the need for caution when navigating icy paths and roads.