We’re in for a cold one.
A status yellow low temperature and ice warning has been issued for Ireland as temperatures are set to plummet this week.
The warning, which comes into effect from tonight at 7pm, will be in place for the entire country until 10am tomorrow morning, with temperatures expected to go as low as -3°C.
Ice is expected to form in some parts of the country, with widespread sharp frost and icy patches leading to travel disruption and treacherous driving conditions.
⚠️ Low Temperature/Ice warning for Ireland ⚠️
Tonight & Wednesday morning, widespread sharp frost with icy stretches & lows of -3C in many areas may lead to some travel disruption. 🛣️🚗🚲 #SlowDown#BeWinterReady
View our warnings ⬇️https://t.co/NRrM0ZHcnw pic.twitter.com/Hw8yqnB8Dz
— Met Éireann (@MetEireann) January 4, 2022
The Road Safety Authority is advising all road users to brace themselves for cold weather conditions, with the status yellow low temperatures leading to potentially dangerous roads and footpaths.
The RSA also advises the public to “avoid over steering and harsh braking and harsh acceleration. Use the highest gear possible to avoid wheel spin. Select a low gear when travelling downhill especially if through bends.”
Pedestrians have also been urged not to underestimate the danger of icy footpaths when out walking, and are being advised to approach icy footpaths with extreme caution and to wear high visibility clothing and carry a torch when out in snowy conditions.
The ice and frost on Wednesday morning is expected to clear later on in the afternoon, leaving another cold and dry day with plenty of clear sunshine.