Met Eireann issue severe weather and flooding warnings

Ami Connolly

Reporter:

Ami Connolly

Met Eireann issue severe weather and flooding warnings
Met Eireann has issued warnings for snow and ice and rainfall warnings are in place for Munster, Connaught and Leinster.

Met Eireann has issued warnings for snow and ice and rainfall warnings are in place for Munster, Connaught and Leinster.

Here in Louth the weather is only suppose to worsen over the weekend with Met Eireann forecasting sleet and tempatures as low as 1°C for tomorrow with the possibility of snow on Sunday.

Across the country, roads remain extremely wet and traffic on the M11 and M50 has been affected today.

The public are advised to heed the advice of Gardai and local authorities regarding road closures and diversions and to listen to news updates for the latest advice.

The Department advises road users to take care on the roads and to pay particular attention to pedestrians and cyclists during the inclement weather. The public are reminded to monitor weather broadcasts when travelling and heed the advice of the RSA on road use during severe weather and high winds.

The RSA has issued the following advice for drivers.

It takes longer to stop a vehicle on wet roads so slow down and allow extra distance between you and the vehicle in front.

Watch out for falling/fallen debris on the road and vehicles veering across the road.

Control of a vehicle may be affected by strong cross winds, high sided vehicles and motorcyclists are particularly vulnerable to strong winds.

Take special care when driving behind goods vehicles as they generate a considerable amount of spray which reduces your visibility.

Allow extra space between you and vulnerable road users such as cyclists and motorcyclists and drive with dipped headlights at all times.

Be aware of the danger of aquaplaning especially on roads with 100 km/h and 120 km/h roads.

Severe weather such as this brings not only high winds, but the risk of heavy downpours and the potential for spot flooding.

The Coast Guard strongly advises the public not to go out on exposed coasts, cliffs, piers, harbour walls, beaches, promenades or any other coastal areas during the inclement weather today or in the coming days. Huge waves can be whipped up by high seas. These waves can pose hazards to anyone close to the shoreline.

If you do see someone in difficulty in the sea, on the shore, cliffs, lakes or rivers dial 999 or 112 and ask for the Coast Guard.