By Cillian Sherlock, PA
People in some parts of Ireland are bracing for sub-zero temperatures overnight as weather agencies warn of hazardous and unsafe conditions.
Met Éireann has said wintry showers will lead to icy conditions in 13 counties.
They placed a status yellow warning for snow and ice on Cavan, Donegal, Monaghan, Longford, Louth, Meath, Offaly, Westmeath, Mayo, Sligo, Roscommon, Galway, and Leitrim.
It said there are potential risks from “hazardous road conditions and slippery footpaths”.
⚠️Status Yellow – Snow/Ice warning for Cavan, Donegal, Monaghan, Connacht, Longford, Louth, Meath, Offaly, Westmeath⚠️
• Hazardous road conditions and slippery paths.
🗓️Valid: 20:00 Monday 13/03/2023 to 12:00 Tuesday 14/03/2023 pic.twitter.com/1A39oAUiH1
— Met Éireann (@MetEireann) March 13, 2023
Met Eireann said there will be falls of snow overnight and some of those showers may be heavy with a chance of hail and thunder.
It forecast lowest temperatures of between minus 2 and 2 for counties in Ulster.
The Road Safety Authority asked road users to “slow down and drive a safe distance from the vehicle in front of you”.
Meanwhile, the UK Met Office also said overnight snow showers are likely to lead to slippery and unsafe conditions on untreated routes in some parts of Northern Ireland.
It has placed a yellow warning for snow and ice on Antrim, Down, Tyrone and Derry between 5pm Monday and 11am Tuesday.
Frosty or icy at first❄️ with wintry showers🌨️ moving into the west and northwest, pushing into the east and south this afternoon.
Sunny spells⛅️ too though.
Highs🌡️ of 5 to 9 degrees with an added wind chill factor🥶 owing to brisk northwest winds🍃. pic.twitter.com/cuEesTTTIG
— Met Éireann (@MetEireann) March 14, 2023