Gritting of roads begins as Dundalk set for sub zero temperatures tonight

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Gritting of roads begins as Dundalk set for sub zero temperatures tonight

Louth County Council started gritting the roads this evening as North Louth waits on one of the coldest nights so far this winter season. 

County Council gritting teams are preparing for a busy week ahead as temperatures are predicted to drop as low as -5 degrees Celsius.

The County Council is urging road users to take care and the main message is simple, be prepared, stay safe and know where to find help should you need it.

Motorists have been warned to be wary on the roads following the recent frosty nights, with plummeting temperatures leaving treacherous patches of ‘black ice’ in places.

If a road appears polished or glossy, then there could be a patch of ‘black ice’ lurking.

While the roads indicated on Louth County Council's website are normally gritted  when frost or snow is forecast, it is the drivers responsibility to take care and drive safely in the prevailing conditions.

Louth Local Authorities are not responsible for any accidents that may occur as a result of poor driving conditions.

Met Éireann have also issued a status orange warning as foggy conditions struct much of the country this evening.

Met Eireann has warned that: "The fog will become fairly widespread this evening and early tonight and will be dense in places. Some pockets of freezing fog are likely also."

The warning came into affect at lunchtime today and will remain in place until tomorrow morning at 9am.