Met Eireann's red weather warning for snow-ice is now in place
A Status Red Snow-ice Warning for Ireland is now in full effect.
According to Met Eireann heavy snow showers will bring accumulations of significant levels with all areas at risk.
Bitterly cold and very windy today with occasional hail and snow showers. Later this evening blizzard-like conditions with heavier snow will arrive in the south. Temperatures will remain sub-zero for all of today in strong easterly winds with gale gusts giving significant chill.
Blizzards will extend countrywide tonight with heavy snow accumulating widely along with hazardous ice. A risk of thunderstorms with hail over Munster and south Leinster. Temperatures as low as minus 4 degrees with severe and penetrating frost. Strong to gale force northeast winds.
The warning is now in effect until 3pm tomorrow, Friday.
The advice from AA ROoadwatch during a red weather warning is not to travel. Do not take to the roads unless absolutely necessary.
"Driving conditions will be extremely challenging today. If you must travel, make sure clear snow from your car, have your lights on at all times and reduce your speed so that you have more time to react to things on the road. When driving in these conditions it takes much longer for your car to stop so Gardaí are urging motorists to slow down and stay a considerable distance from the vehicle in front. "
Cllr Martin Lonergan has announced the following roads south of Clonmel are closed
1. R668 – The Vee, Clogheen
2. L3409 – Bohernagore to the Vee Road
3. L3402 – Ballyporeen to Araglen Road
4. Road L-3502, New Line at Newcastle
5. L-3503, Mellery at Newcastle will be closed until further notice.
An Garda Siochana are advising everyone that all non-essential travel should not undertaken at this time until the Red Warning is downgraded.
Remember that footpaths are also treacherous and people should take extreme care when out and about.
An Garda Siochana are advising that the current forecasts at this time indicate that the weather will get progressively worse over the course of the day and night. People are advised that from early afternoon they should remain in doors.
If you have elderly neighbours or relatives please ensure that they have enough heat and food.
The Nationalist would love to see your snow photographs! Please email them to us at Clonmelnationalist@gmail.com and the best will feature online and in our paper next week!
However - please take care in the snow and only take photographs if it is safe to do so.