Met Éireann issues 'red' severe weather warning

Wednesday 12 February 2014 06.16
1 of 14
Temperatures are expected to fall below zero in parts of the country overnight (Pic: Nero Barnes, Portnablagh, Co Donegal)
Temperatures are expected to fall below zero in parts of the country overnight (Pic: Nero Barnes, Portnablagh, Co Donegal)
Treacherous driving conditions at Barnesmor Gap, Co Donegal (Pic: Mickey Harte)
Treacherous driving conditions at Barnesmor Gap, Co Donegal (Pic: Mickey Harte)
A dog making the most of the snow in Co Kilkenny (Pic: Cliadhna Whitely)
A dog making the most of the snow in Co Kilkenny (Pic: Cliadhna Whitely)
A dusting of snow at the Irish National Stud, Co Kildare
A dusting of snow at the Irish National Stud, Co Kildare
Snow in Newbridge, Co Kildare (Pic: Amber Masterson)
Snow in Newbridge, Co Kildare (Pic: Amber Masterson)
Snowfall on high ground in Co Limerick (Pic: Aoife McLoughlin)
Snowfall on high ground in Co Limerick (Pic: Aoife McLoughlin)
Road conditions on N13, Drumkeen, Co Donegal (Pic: Donegal County Council @RoadsDCC)
Road conditions on N13, Drumkeen, Co Donegal (Pic: Donegal County Council @RoadsDCC)
Just enough to make a snowman in Castlebellingham, Co Louth (Pic: Justin Madden)
Just enough to make a snowman in Castlebellingham, Co Louth (Pic: Justin Madden)
Weather conditions in Inishowen (Pic: Trish Hegarty)
Weather conditions in Inishowen (Pic: Trish Hegarty)
Snow accumulating on a roof in Kingscourt, Co Cavan (pic: Rachel Maguire)
Snow accumulating on a roof in Kingscourt, Co Cavan (pic: Rachel Maguire)
Snow falling in Mullingar, Co Westmeath (Pic: Brian Collentine)
Snow falling in Mullingar, Co Westmeath (Pic: Brian Collentine)
Zach Tobin seeing snow for the first time in Carrickmacross, Co Monaghan (Pic: Ramon Tobin)
Zach Tobin seeing snow for the first time in Carrickmacross, Co Monaghan (Pic: Ramon Tobin)
Conditions in the Curragh, Co Kildare (Pic: Willie Hannon)
Conditions in the Curragh, Co Kildare (Pic: Willie Hannon)
Snowfall at Dublin Airport (Pic: @DublinAirport)
Snowfall at Dublin Airport (Pic: @DublinAirport)

Met Éireann has warnred of wind gusts of up to 160km/h in Co Cork and Co Kerry.

A status ‘red’ severe weather warning is in place from 6am as forecasters predict stormy conditions including high winds and high seas.

Temperatures were expected to fall below zero in parts of the country overnight.

Cars have been abandoned in Co Donegal after heavy snowfall caused dangerous road conditions.

23 gritting trucks have been deployed, however the local authority warned that ice-free roads can not be guaranteed.

Vehicles have been abandoned on the Back of Errigal Road between Glenveagh National Park and Dunlewey and there have been minor accidents in Stranorlar, Letterkenny and on the Lifford to Letterkenny road. 

Roads in Galway and Mayo are passable but care is advised following snow and hail showers.  

A number of roads in Connemara have icy stretches. Particular caution is needed on the N59 between Maam Cross and Oughterard, as well as on the Cornamona to Clonbur road. 

Gardaí in Co Mayo say there are icy patches on roads around Charlestown, Swinford and Kilkelly. Care is also advised on secondary roads close to Castlebar. 

The M18 from Gort to Ennis is described as treacherous in places and extreme care is advised after intermittent snow and hail showers.

There were a number of minor collisions on the motorway and gardaí are urging motorists to slow down and leave a good distance between other road users

Earlier snow falls in Tuam have melted away and no problems are reported with roads in the area.

Send your weather images to yourphotos@rte.ie or via twitter @rtenews.

Meanwhile, a senior engineer with Clare County Council has said that damaged tourist areas of the county must be repaired without delay.

Tom Tiernan said significant repairs must be made to up to 40 sites across the county.

His comments come after the council stated that the cost of repairing the damage done by recent storms could be €35m.  

"There are a total of 40 sites containing public infrastructure along the coast of Clare, from Galway Bay and up into the Shannon Estuary.

"There are several key locations that are a key component to the tourist industry, which is a cornerstone of the economy of Co Clare.

"Not just Lahinch, but areas like Kilkee, Spanish Point, New Quay, Liscannor and Loop Head peninsula."

Elsewhere, Minister for Public Expenditure Brendan Howlin has said the Government has decided to give €500,000 to the St Vincent De Paul society and a further €500,000 to the Irish Red Cross so that they will have as many vehicles as possible to distribute relief.

He said the next phase will be to get full oversight of the damage to infrastructure around the country.

He said the Government will be getting a report on the damage from the Minister for the Environment today.