Met Eireann have issued an Orange weather warning for Laois and surrounding counties that is valid from tonight Saturday 9 December at 11pm until Sunday 10 December at 11pm.
People living in areas where an Orange level weather warning has been issued should exercise extreme caution when travelling and avoid unnecessary journeys.
There has already been falls of snow in parts of the country with more forecast and motorists are asked to heed the changing conditions.
Drivers should be aware that it takes longer to stop a vehicle on an icy road so slow down and allow extra distance between you and the vehicle in front.
Motorists should clear the windows and mirrors of your vehicles before you set off on your journey and carry a screen scraper and de-icer.
Do not use hot water on the windscreen as it can crack the glass.
Ensure you remove ALL snow from your vehicle before commencing your journey as snow left on the roof will become loose and can drop onto the windscreen during braking, causing severe restriction to your vision.
It can also fall off during your drive and cause injury to pedestrians or a reflex action by another driver.
Assistant Commissioner of Roads Policing Michael Finn said: “Please be aware that visibility is reduced in snowy conditions so drive slowly if you need to make a journey. Allow extra distance between you and the vehicle in front.
No unnecessary journeys
He also said: “Motorcyclists/Cyclists should not comprise their safety by their ‘need’ to travel in icy/snowy conditions. Be safe.”
“Please listen to local media/social media for updates on the status of the weather warnings and/or advice issued by the emergency services. Please heed this advice,” he added.
Further information and updates can be obtained from Met Eireann here.
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