Dangerous Road Conditions Following Overnight Severe Frost

AA Roadwatch is reporting dangerous on many roads this morning after temperatures dipped to minus 4c in places last night.  

Road temperatures dropped in some areas to as low as -4.3°C on the N2 Monaghan, -3.5°C on the N81 in Baltinglass, Co Wicklow, and -3.7°C on N7 Roscrea, Co Tipperary.

AA Roadwatch say that frost and ice on roads around the country are causing numerous crashes and treacherous driving conditions. Motorists are advised to slow down and take extra care.

Meanwhile, parts of Ulster and the east coast may experience some snowfall this evening as a frontal system crosses the country from the northwest where temperatures will be a few degrees higher than elsewhere today.

Diarmuid sent in this picture today of County Donegal at dawn, 25 Nov 2010.
For more see iWeather Online’s long range outlook here.

AA ROADWATCH LATEST (from aaireland.ie)

LEINSTER* Frosty roads in Tullamore, Navan & slippery conditions in Westmeath around Mullingar & Athlone. *WICKLOW* Gardai are clearing two crashes in Rathdrum and conditions are treacherous on the Rathdrum/Laragh Rd. *M7/KILDARE* A tow truck is en route to remove a collision from the hard shoulder of the M7 Dublin/Limerick Rd southbound between J5 Athgoe and J6 Castlewarden. Delays to northbound traffic due to onlookers. Conditions are icy. *LOUTH* Very icy on the N2 Dublin/Monaghan Rd between Collon and Ardee, particularly at Funshog and Annaclog. * It’s also frosty around Drogheda. *MEATH* Slippery conditions on the Duleek/Julianstown Rd (R150).

*CONNAUGHT* Very icy on approach routes to Castlerea and frosty around Carrick on Shannon. *GALWAY CITY* It’s very icy on a number of roads around Galway City. It’s particularly bad in Knocknacarra, Salthill, coming in from Oranmore and approaching Ballybrit. *MAYO* It’s very icy around Castlebar, with particular care needed on the N5 Longford/Castlebar Rd, between Charlestown and Castlebar, where black ice has been reported. * Also, very slippery on the Westport/Ballinrobe (R330) and on the N59 Westport/Leenaun Rd.
*ULSTER* Particularly bad road conditions on most route in Donegal and frosty conditions around Cavan Town. *MONAGHAN* Particular care is needed on the N2 Dublin/Monaghan Rd and it’s frosty around Monaghan Town. 

*MUNSTER* Frosty on roads in the outskirts of Waterford City, icy on many approaches to Cork City and Tralee. *M18/CLARE*A collision has been moved to the hard shoulder on the M18 Shannon/Ennis Rd at Drumoland Exit. Gardai say conditions are very icy. *N20/LIMERICK* It's very slippery on the N20 Adare/Limerick Rd and Gardai are asking motorists take extra care as there have been a number of collisions along this route this morning. *TIPPERARY* Extremely icy around Thurles, where it’s particularly bad at Holycross on the Cashel Rd (R660).

*CORK* Icy conditions in Cork City, particularly bad from Donnybrook in Douglas to Carrigaline. The South Link Rd is heavy both ways and from Dillons Cross to St Lukes Cross. The N27 Airport Hill is very heavy inbound & from Grange to Donnybrook Hill into Douglas, Western Rd is slow inbound as well as Sheare St & Washington St. 
*LIMERICK* Frosty conditions on back roads approaching the City. Traffic is busy inbound on the Childers Rd and Corbally Rd. Also slow from the Ballysimon Rd on to Mulgrave St.
*GALWAY* Icy conditions around Galway City, drive with care. No major delays to report for City traffic.  *WATERFORD* Busy inbound on the Ferrybank DCW. * A bridge lift has been scheduled for Rice Bridge at 9:15am. 
*DUBLIN* See Dublin Summary for traffic.