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Motorists have been advised to keep manoeuvres ‘gentle’

Motorists have been advised to keep manoeuvres ‘gentle’

Motorists have been advised to keep manoeuvres ‘gentle’

Get those warm jackets and scarves at the ready because a cold weather snap has arrived.

A status yellow snow and ice warning has been put in place by Met Eireann for some parts of the county today.

It issued the status yellow warning for Connacht, Cavan and Donegal, which came into effect at 6pm yesterday and lasts until 11am today.

Wintry showers will fall as sleet or snow, especially on hills and mountains in the affected areas.

However, the eastern part of the country will remain mainly dry today, although it will be cold.

AA Roadwatch has warned motorists to allow extra time for journeys and "slow down and keep all manoeuvres gentle".

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Forecaster Gerry Murphy told the Herald the current cold snap would last until the end of tomorrow.

He said last night saw a heavier band of rain spreading across the country, mainly comprising rain and hail, and sleet for a time.

Temperatures dropped to between -1C and 2C.

"They will reach between 3C and 7C," he said.

However, Mr Murphy said the temperatures were not unusual for this time of year, adding: "January is still in the heart of winter."

He said there will be a "sharp frost" tomorrow night and maximum temperatures will also be between 3C and 7C.

However, on Wednesday, they will rise to between 8C and 9C, and on Thursday they will increase further to up to 11C.

Met Eireann has also issued a weather advisory for the country, which is in effect until 3pm tomorrow.

This warns: "Showers of hail, sleet and snow will occur in places."