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Met Éireann warns of icy conditions overnight

Dromoland Castle, County Clare earlier this week. Pic David Crimmins Photography

Dromoland Castle, County Clare earlier this week. Pic David Crimmins Photography

Met Éireann is warning of icy conditions on Clare roads tonight.

A widespread sharp to severe frost will form on both nights as well as icy patches.

Temperatures will dip to between -1 to -4 degrees. Some patches of mist and freezing fog will form too.

The Road Safety Authority (RSA) is warning road users of the dangers posed by freezing fog.

Ms. Moyagh Murdock, CEO, Road Safety Authority said, “Dense fog reduces visibility greatly and makes driving very dangerous. However freezing fog, when liquid fog droplets freeze to surfaces, can make it difficult to keep the windscreen surface clear. Combined with icy road surfaces – it’s a driver’s worst nightmare.”

Meanwhile, County Clare’s 600km secondary and regional road network was treated with up to 500 tonnes of rock salt between Monday morning (12 January) and Friday morning (16 January), according to Clare County Council.

7 salting trucks have been maintaining the road network on a 24-hour basis as a result of the cold snap.

All trucks were dispatched from the Council’s maintenance depot at Beechpark, Ennis, where the Council also stores its rocks salt supplies.

Photographs of the snow in County Clare this week here.

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About Darren Joyce

Darren is from County Galway and joined The Clare Herald in 2014.

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