Freezing weather: Met Éireann is issuing a freezing fog warning amid snow and ice as the Arctic blast will continue into next week

Met Éireann has issued a Status Yellow frost fog warning for the whole country.

The national forecaster has also extended its ice warning and both warnings remain in place until 12pm on Saturday.

Road users across the country have been urged to “drive carefully” today as freezing temperatures and scattered snowfall have created dangerous conditions.

There have been disruptions to train services in Dublin with no trains running at the Howth branch, delays on the Luas and some bus cancellations. However, rail traffic is now normalizing with some delays.

Secondary roads in parts of Wicklow and Dublin are also said to be dangerous, with warnings for parts of the west of the country as well.

“Dangerous conditions. A sharp to severe frost with frigid surfaces as temperatures plummet to -4 degrees Celsius. Some icy nebulae too,” Met Éireann said.

Heavy snow fell overnight in Dublin, Wicklow and Donegal, while a yellow snow and ice warning has been issued for Donegal until midday tomorrow.

“Scattered sleet and snow showers will lead to some accumulation, particularly at higher elevations,” Met Éireann said.

The public have been advised to proceed with caution if venturing out today. Freezing temperatures have created treacherous patches of severe frost and ice on roads and footpaths.

The AA’s Paddy Comyn said the weather had created dangerous driving conditions across the country.

“Even if they don’t have snow they will likely have black ice and ice, once the temperatures drop to that kind of zero degree mark we will also see the black ice under a lot of the shaded areas that people have to be very careful about.” ‘ he told RTÉ’s Morning Ireland.

“They have to make sure their movements are very slow and deliberate. If you feel like you’ve hit a patch of ice, try not to panic and don’t necessarily hit the brakes and don’t hit the brakes. Slow down with your gears.

“So just everything very slowly, everything very well thought out and hold back from the man in front and you should avoid a few breakdowns.”

On the same broadcast, Cork County Council’s Director of Service for Roads, Padraig Barrett, confirmed that key routes in the county had been ‘salted’ twice overnight.

“They should be fine, but that doesn’t mean people shouldn’t exercise extreme caution. It was extremely cold and parts of the county overnight. It’s still -2C here,” he said.

It comes as Ireland is set to remain under an arctic airmass until next week that will bring sub-zero temperatures, wintry downpours and severe freezes.

Daytime temperatures will at times struggle to climb above zero over the weekend as widespread black ice, freezing fog and frost will make for treacherous travel conditions.

Temperatures are expected to fall to their lowest levels in Ireland since early 2018 over the weekend.

“It will remain very cold for the weekend and into next week and we expect temperatures well below zero along with frost and frigid intervals,” said Mark Bowe, meteorologist at Met Éireann.

“We’re getting a real cold snap off this arctic air mass, so we’re seeing daily temperatures struggling to even get into the single digits. We’re pretty sure this cold spell will be with us throughout the weekend and into early next week.”

There are signs the bitterness could continue into the second half of next week, but there are too many uncertainties in weather modeling to accurately predict, Met Éireann said.

The ongoing cold snap will bring severe freezes, black ice on roads and sidewalks, hail, sleet and snow showers this weekend. Freezing fog is also likely to fall over parts of the country this weekend. Snow and sleet are most likely at higher elevations and in coastal areas.

Today will be a clear, dry day for most counties with little winter sun but very cold with freezing patches, patchy snow and icy patches of fog.

Winter showers will affect some northern and western coastal areas while temperatures will hover around or just above freezing.

Severe frost sets in tonight as temperatures drop to -5 or lower in places. Some parts of Ireland may be as cold as -1 degrees tomorrow during the warmest hours of the day, with icy roads and ‘thick’ freezing fog set in towards evening.

Tomorrow night and Sunday will be “bitterly” cold and “temperatures will not rise above freezing for most,” forecasts Met Éireann. Sunday will see highs of -2 to two degrees, with temperatures dropping to -6 overnight.

Homeless services in Dublin are conducting an hourly analysis of their emergency bed numbers and are coordinating with response teams on the streets to bring as many street sleepers inside as possible when temperatures drop below freezing.

The Dublin Regional Homeless Executive (DRHE) has drawn up its extreme weather contingency plan in response to the deteriorating weather forecast and says it has managed to persuade even the most die-hard street sleepers to move to shelter.

DRHE is asking the public to download the Dublin Rough Sleeper App or call 01 8720185 and make them aware of someone who is having a rough sleep in the area so they can reach out and offer help.

There are currently no train services at the Howth branch while Luas services have also been affected by snow and ice warnings this morning. Freezing weather: Met Éireann is issuing a freezing fog warning amid snow and ice as the Arctic blast will continue into next week

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