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2300 That's it for our live updates for tonight folks. Updates will start again at 7am. Avoid any unnecessary journeys, and drive carefully if you have to travel.

2257 Temperatures are well below zero in most parts around the country at this stage, with road temperatures already below -10C on the N2 at Monaghan, according to the AA Roadwatch.

2242 The main N21 road around Rathkeale in Co Limerick is closed as a result of a serious crash. It is believed one vehicle was involved in the crash which occurred in the townland of Amogen in the Croagh/Rathkeale area.

2208 Watch RTÉ Dublin Correspondent John Kilraine's Nine News report which says a thaw, if and when it comes, will take a lot longer than the cold snap last January.

2151 Well Met Éireann have furnished us with another update, and unsurprisingly its much of the same. Latest is that temperatures could drop as low as -10C tonight:

Extremely cold and icy tonight, with a severe frost. Some wintry showers feeding into west Connacht and north Ulster, otherwise dry with clear spells. With just light northerly breezes a few patches of freezing fog will also develop.

Lowest temperatures -2C to -10C.

It's a little bit more positive for tomorrow though: Most areas dry bright and sunny, but still bitterly cold despite the sunshine. A few wintry showers affecting parts of Ulster and west Connacht, mainly of rain and sleet. Afternoon maximum of just 0C to 3C generally, a little higher though near Atlantic seaboards.

Frost and icy conditions persisting, but there will be a slight thaw. Winds will remain light northerly.

2144 The protest outside of Leinster House has ended and Kildare Street and Molesworth Street have been reopened.

2103 Bus Éireann has announced further curtailments to some routes. For a full list of curtailments click here

2019 I don't know if anyone out there car pooled during the current cold snap, but you might be pleased to know car usage by former Taoisigh, Presidents and other former office holders will be pooled, according to today's Budget. Now that sounds cosy!

The engine size of State cars will also be gradually reduced to two litres or less as cars in the fleet are replaced.

Meanwhile, the Government has no plans to replace the Gulfstream jet, which it says is at the end of its operational lifespan. The smaller remaining Lear jet will continue to be used by ministers travelling to Europe on Government business.

1922 According to the AA Roadwatch, road temperatures are already as low as: M1 Louth -5C, M7 Laois -2C, N3 Meath -3C, N3 Cavan -6C, N2 Monaghan -8C, N15 Donegal -5C. People are again being urged to drive with extreme care as wet roads and slush will refreeze.

1804 Up to 10,000 homes are now without power throughout west Donegal due to what the ESB is calling a 'major fault'.

Weather conditions are hampering crews on the ground at present as sleet and snow continues falling in some areas.

1755 Bus Éireann has announced a number of curtailments:

Route 100X Dundalk Drogheda Dublin – Last bus leaves Dundalk at 18:30 to Dublin.

Route 100X Dundalk Drogheda Dublin – Last bus leaves Dublin at 20:40 Wilton Terrace & 21:00 Custom House Quay to Dundalk.

Route 101 Drogheda Dublin – Last bus leaves Drogheda at 19:30 to Dublin.

Route 101 Drogheda Dublin – Last bus leaves Dublin/Busaras at 21:00 to Drogheda.

A number of inter-city departures from Dublin are cancelled this evening:

Route 7: Dublin/Clonmel – 20:00

Route 12: Dublin/Limerick – 20:00

1743 For those of you about to get in your cars and embark on an arduous journey home, here's the latest from AA Roadwatch:

LEINSTER

WATERFORD Emergency services have cleared a collision on the N25 Cork/Waterford Rd on the Dungarvan side of Youghal at Grange. Recent sleet, rain and snow affecting many areas. Main roads are

MEATH/LOUTH The N2 Dublin/Monaghan Rd is treacherous from Collon (Louth) through Slane, as far as Kilmoon Cross near Ashbourne. The entire route should be avoided. The N51 Navan/Slane Rd is quite icy.

LOUTH The M1 Dublin/Belfast Rd has two lanes operational both ways between Dundalk and Drogheda. Regional roads in the County are passable with care however, as temperatures drop roads will refreeze.

CARLOW/KILKENNY The M9 has one lane clear from J4 Castledermot to J7 Paulstown. There are still accumulations of snow on the overtaking lane. The N80 Carlow/ Bunclody Rd and N81 Rathvilly/Tullow Rd are passable with care.

WESTMEATH Compacted snow and ice all around Mullingar.

WEXFORD Very icy throughout the county. Particular care needed around Rosslare, Kilnick and Kilmore Quay. Fresh snow over compacted ice on the N25 Wexford/New Ross Rd. Council graders are out breaking ice around Ballycanew as the Gorey/Courtown Rd remains closed for works.

KILDARE Smaller roads in Kilcullen are very icy, particular care needed on Sunny Hill which is reportedly impassable.

KILDARE/LAOIS The Monasterevin to Portarlington Rd (R424) is closed due to extremely icy conditions.

LAOIS/CARLOW Heavy snow in the Athy/Wolfhill area on Laois/Carlow Border. Conditions are poor on the N78/Athy/Castlecomer Rd.

LAOIS The M8 Dublin/Cork Rd also has two lanes operational both ways between J1 M7/M8 and J3 Rathdowney. Snow is falling in Portlaoise, Abbeyleix and Rathdowney. The main roads are slushy but secondary roads are quite icy.

WICKLOW Extremely icy around Wicklow town. Secondary routes are particularly bad in Bray and Baltinglass. Routes into and out of Greystones are passable with care. Conditions are treacherous on the Rathdrum to Glenealy Rd (752). The Rathdrum to Laragh road (R755) is down to one lane and conditions are hazardous. Compacted and refrozen snow in the Dublin and Wicklow Mts, conditions are treacherous around Aughrim, Roundwood, Laragh and Tinahealy. The Wicklow Gap and Sally Gap are impassable.

MUNSTER

CORK Treacherous on secondary routes throughout Co. Cork. In Glanmire, Carrigaline and Ballincollig- most hills are impassable. In Glanmire, it’s treacherous between Buck Learys Cross & Whites Cross. Sallybrook Hill and Barnavara Hill should be avoided.

Very icy in Cobh, Midleton & Youghal and along the N25 Cork/Waterford Rd.

WATERFORD Severe black ice into Waterford City from the Tramore side.

LIMERICK Severe black ice reported on the N69 Limerick/Foynes Rd. Black ice has also been reported on the Newcastle West to Kilmallock Rd (R518).

TIPPERARY Snow & ice on the N62 Templemore/ Thurles Rd. KERRY Avoid the Ring of Kerry & Conor Pass. Most main roads in the county are wet. Secondary routes may have some ice lingering.

ULSTER

DONEGAL Cullion Rd in Letterkenny is impassable at present.

CONNAUGHT

SLIGO Extreme care is still advised on all routes.

GALWAY Icy throughout Galway city, especially at the Docks and on the N17/Tuam Rd, Headford Rd and the Dublin Rd.

It nearly reminds me of a certain Father Ted scene, in which Craggy Island had to 'take the roads in' when the weather got so bad.

17.34 Fingal County Council have confirmed that they will be shutting off supply from 7pm-7am over the next four nights on a rota basis. For a full list of areas affected click here.

All four councils, Fingal, Dublin City, Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown and South Dublin County have now confirmed they will be shutting off water, with the South Dublin County's restrictions to run from 8pm - 6am, the rest will run from 7pm - 7am.

1730 ESB is reporting a major fault in Co Donegal this evening, with thousands of homes without power in areas including, Gweedore, Magheraroarty, Falcarragh, Ardara, Glenties, Belcruit, Cresslough, Cashel, Brockagh, Port na Blagh. Supply is expected to be resumed at 7pm.

1724 Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council have said a regime of severe pressure reductions and mains shut offs over the next three nights will be in effect from 7pm - 7am tomorrow morning. In some cases, for operational reasons, supply may not return fully until mid morning.

South Dublin County have said Water supply will be restricted throughout all areas in South Dublin County from 8pm - 6am tomorrow.

This will result in loss of water pressure or a loss of water supply in all areas. They say it will take time for the water to make its way through the pipe network.

Dublin City Council have a full list where their supply will be affected here.

1720 In a statement Carlow Local Authorities have said the M9 has one lane clear from junction 4 Prumpelstown to Junction 7 Paulstown, north and southbound. There are still accumulations of snow on the overtaking lane and it is advised not to use this lane.

The N80 from Carlow to Bunclody is passable as is the N81 from Rathvilly through Tullow to Closh Cross. Care is required on each of these routes.

1717 Emergency services have cleared a collision on the N25 Cork/Waterford Rd on the Dungarvan side of Youghal at Grange, according to AA Roadwatch.

1648 Dublin Bus says it intends to continue to operate a full service this evening and tonight.

1639 As my colleagues have previously written, don't shoot the messenger!! Here's the latest from Met Éireann:

Very cold and icy this evening with some further falls of rain, sleet and snow over southern parts, and in parts of the north and northwest this evening.

Another bitterly cold night but most places will become dry, however wintry showers in northern and northwestern areas will continue. Severe frost with icy conditions and some patches of freezing fog developing. Some wintry showers will develop along the east coast later in the night. Lowest temperatures -2C to -9C.

Staying cold tomorrow with frost and any fog slow to clear. It will be dry and bright in most areas with some sunny spells developing. Scattered wintry showers will affect northern and western counties and along some parts of the east coast. High temperatures of -1C to +3C.

1620 Dublin City Council has appealed again for members of the public not to go hoarding water in their baths.

They have confirmed that all areas will have their supply restricted, particularly over the next three nights, from 7pm to 7am.

A map with a schedule of areas affected by restrictions over the next three nights can be found at www.dublincity.ie.

1615 Eircom have said there are close to 5,000 reported faults on the eircom network. Over 2,200 new faults were reported yesterday alone and close to 1,600 faults were cleared yesterday.

Eircom say they have up to 750 eircom field technicians working across the country to reach customers without service.

The areas with the highest fault levels remain the same - Dublin city and county, Wicklow, Carlow, Wexford, Laois and Meath.

1613 Kildare Street and Molesworth Street are closed as there is a protest taking place outside the Dáil because of the Budget. Dublin Bus is diverting services via Nassau Street, Merrion Street Upr and Ely Place.

1600 For those of you that haven't heard, there's a certain Budget being delivered by our Minister for Finance. In view of the harsh weather we're experiencing he's decided to allocate an extra €14m to the fuel allowance . This means €40 for those who receive the fuel payment.

1559 Water will be off overnight in Bantry High Level serving higher areas in Bantry, Ballylickey, Snave, Gurteen, Rooska and Gortacloona from around 10pm tonight until 8am tomorrow.

This is necessary to build the reservoirs sufficiently to feed the areas during the day.

1544 The Department of the Environment has decided that a temporary closure of the hunting season for wild birds will start tomorrow due to the severe recent and continuing freezing weather conditions across the State.

1527 Here's the latest National Roads Summary from AA Roadwatch:

Recent sleet, rain and snow affecting many areas. Main roads are mainly wet and slushy but secondary routes remain treacherous with compacted snow and fresh snow.

LEINSTER

MEATH/LOUTH The N2 Dublin/Monaghan Rd is treacherous from Collon (Louth) through Slane, as far as Kilmoon Cross near Ashbourne. The entire route should be avoided. The N51 Navan/Slane Rd is quite icy.

LOUTH The M1 Dublin/Belfast Rd has two lanes operational both ways between Dundalk and Drogheda. Regional roads in the County are passable with care however, as temperatures drop roads will refreeze.

CARLOW/KILKENNY The M9 has one lane clear from J4 Castledermot to J7 Paulstown. The N80 Carlow/ Bunclody Rd and N81 Rathvilly/Tullow Rd are passable with care. The local road between Tullow and Fighting Cocks is treacherous at Rathoe.

WESTMEATH Compacted snow and ice all around Mullingar.

WEXFORD Very icy throughout the county. Particular care needed around Rosslare, Kilnick and Kilmore Quay. Fresh snow over compacted ice on the N25 Wexford/New Ross Rd. Council graders are out breaking ice around Ballycanew as the Gorey/Courtown Rd remains closed for works.

KILDARE Smaller roads in Kilcullen are very icy, particular care needed on Sunny Hill which is reportedly impassable. Recent snow causing slippery conditions around Naas Town, Clane and Kilcock. Friary Rd in Naas should be avoided. The M7 is down to one lane in parts from J14 Monasterevin to J10 Naas South.

LAOIS Further south, the M7 has two lanes operational both ways between J16 Portlaoise to J21 Borris-In-Ossory. The M8 Dublin/Cork Rd also has two lanes operational both ways between J1 M7/M8 and J3 Rathdowney. Snow is falling in Portlaoise, Abbeyleix and Rathdowney. The main roads are slushy but secondary roads are quite icy.

WICKLOW Extremely icy around Wicklow town. Secondary routes are particularly bad in Bray and Baltinglass. The roads from Blessington towards Lacken and Ballyknockan are reportedly treacherous and should be avoided. Routes into and out of Greystones are passable with care. The Rathdrum to Laragh road (R755) is down to one lane and conditions are hazardous. Compacted and refrozen snow in the Dublin and Wicklow Mts, conditions are treacherous around Aughrim ,Roundwood, Laragh and Tinahealy. The Wicklow Gap and Sally Gap are impassable.

MUNSTER

CORK Treacherous on secondary routes throughout Co. Cork. In Glanmire, Carrigaline and Ballincollig- most hills are impassable. In Glanmire, it’s treacherous between Buck Learys Cross & Whites Cross. Sallybrook Hill and Barnavara Hill should be avoided. Very icy in Cobh, Midleton & Youghal and along the N25 Cork/Waterford Rd.

WATERFORD Severe black ice into Waterford City from the Tramore side.

LIMERICK Snow is falling around Limerick City; drive with care. Severe black ice reported on the N69 Limerick/Foynes Rd.

TIPPERARY Snow & ice on the N62 Templemore/ Thurles Rd. KERRY Avoid the Ring of Kerry & Conor Pass. Most main roads in the county are wet. Secondary routes may have some ice lingering.

ULSTER

DONEGAL Cullion Rd in Letterkenny is impassable at present.

CONNAUGHT

SLIGO In Sligo town, St. Josephs Terrace is closed.

GALWAY Icy throughout Galway city, especially at the Docks and on the N17/Tuam Rd, Headford Rd and the Dublin Rd.

1514 The closure of Errigal Road in west Donegal is resulting in loss of trade for local businesses, one shop owner in Dunlewey has said.

Ciarán Roarty of Roarty's Shop and Garage said his trade has fallen drastically this week due to Donegal County Council refusing to grit the back of Errigal road and its temporary closure on Saturday, Sunday, yesterday and today. He says passing trade is down around 70& although some HGV's and some motorists are continuing to use the route.

Donegal County Council says it is awaiting delivery of 1,000 tonnes of salt.

1440 A spokesperson for eircom says customers in Kerry who are without broadband and phone should have their service back this afternoon.

10,000 broadband customers and 750 telephone customers lost connections at around noon.

The spokesperson said the fault on the Listowel to Turbert fibre has now been isolated and crews are working to restore the services.

1430 DublinCityCouncil on Twitter: Apologies. Our website www.dublincity.ie is down. We hope to have it back up as soon as possible.

1415 Here's the latest National Roads Summary from AA Roadwatch:

Recent sleet, rain and snow affecting many areas. Main roads are mainly wet and slushy but secondary routes remain treacherous with compacted snow and fresh snow.

LEINSTER

MEATH/LOUTH The N2 Dublin/Monaghan Rd is treacherous from Collon (Louth) through Slane, as far as Kilmoon Cross near Ashbourne. The entire route should be avoided. The N51 Navan/Slane Rd is quite icy.

LOUTH The M1 Dublin/Belfast Rd has two lanes operational both ways between Dundalk and Drogheda. Regional roads in the County are passable with care however, as temperatures drop roads will refreeze.

CARLOW/KILKENNY The M9 has one lane clear from J4 Castledermot to J7 Paulstown. The N80 Carlow/ Bunclody Rd and N81 Rathvilly/Tullow Rd are passable with care. The local road between Tullow and Fighting Cocks is treacherous at Rathoe.

WESTMEATH Compacted snow and ice all around Mullingar.

WEXFORD Very icy throughout the county. Particular care needed around Rosslare, Kilnick and Kilmore Quay. Fresh snow over compacted ice on the N25 Wexford/New Ross Rd. Council graders are out breaking ice around Ballycanew as the Gorey/Courtown Rd remains closed for works.

KILDARE Smaller roads in Kilcullen are very icy, particular care needed on Sunny Hill which is reportedly impassable. Recent snow causing slippery conditions around Naas Town, Clane and Kilcock. Friary Rd in Naas should be avoided. The M7 is down to one lane in parts from J14 Monasterevin to J10 Naas South.

LAOIS Further south, the M7 has two lanes operational both ways between J16 Portlaoise to J21 Borris-In-Ossory. The M8 Dublin/Cork Rd also has two lanes operational both ways between J1 M7/M8 and J3 Rathdowney. Snow is falling in Portlaoise, Abbeyleix and Rathdowney. The main roads are slushy but secondary roads are quite icy.

WICKLOW Extremely icy around Wicklow town. Secondary routes are particularly bad in Bray and Baltinglass. The roads from Blessington towards Lacken and Ballyknockan are reportedly treacherous and should be avoided. Routes into and out of Greystones are passable with care. Compacted and refrozen snow in the Dublin and Wicklow Mts, conditions are treacherous around Aughrim, Roundwood, Laragh and Tinahealy. The Wicklow Gap and Sally Gap are impassable.

MUNSTER

CORK Treacherous on secondary routes throughout Co Cork. In Glanmire, Carrigaline and Ballincollig- most hills are impassable. In Glanmire, it’s treacherous between Buck Learys Cross & Whites Cross. Sallybrook Hill and Barnavara Hill should be avoided. Very icy in Cobh, Midleton & Youghal and along the N25 Cork/Waterford Rd.

WATERFORD Severe black ice into Waterford City from the Tramore side.

LIMERICK Snow is falling around Limerick City; drive with care. Severe black ice reported on the N69 Limerick/Foynes Rd.

TIPPERARY Snow & ice on the N62 Templemore/ Thurles Rd.

KERRY Avoid the Ring of Kerry & Conor Pass. Most main roads in the county are wet. Secondary routes may have some ice lingering.

ULSTER

DONEGAL Cullion Rd in Letterkenny is impassable at present.

CONNACHT

SLIGO In Sligo town, St Joseph's Terrace is closed.

GALWAY Icy throughout Galway city, especially at the Docks and on the N17/Tuam Rd, Headford Rd and the Dublin Rd.

1352 eircom customers in Kerry are experiencing disruption to services. Approximately 10,000 broadband customers and 750 telephone customer are without service.

It is due to a suspected fibre fault between Listowel and Tarbert.

Crews are currently trying to locate the fault.

1351 Galway City Council Water Services staff are continuing to deal with disrupted water supply, particularly in the Rahoon area of the city. There has been some improvement in water levels in the reservoirs on the west side of the city.

More on www.galwaycity.ie

1333 After the blizzard of photos sent to yourphotos@rte.ie last week, enthusiasm seems to have melted away a little, but they're still coming in in flurries.

A few more in today's gallery now.

1305 RTÉ Environment Correspondent Paul Cunningham reports that Dublin's four local authorities are likely to cut off water supply to residents from 7pm until 7am tomorrow due to a severe shortage of water.

A final decision will be made this afternoon.

The likely restriction to supply will apply in Dublin City, Dun Laoghaire Rathdown, Fingal and South Dublin regions.

Some residents having been running their taps over the duration of the cold snap in the hope this will prevent their pipes from freezing.

Residents are being urged today, that if a restriction is introduced, they should not fill their bath tubs with water, as their water tanks will have sufficient supply to get them through the night.

1303 The N2 has reopened through the villages of Slane and Collon, however extreme caution is still advised.

1254 Joan O'Sullivan has more on the situation in Limerick and Clare: Snow is continuing to fall in Limerick city and surrounding areas this lunchtime.

It's the first snowfall the city has experienced since Friday and there is now a light covering on footpaths and roads.

There are reports of snow in Adare, Askeaton and Newcastlewest also.

In Co Clare, gardai in Ennis and Shannon say they haven't experienced any snowfalls so far today.

Shannon Airport is also clear.

1233 Traffic was diverted for a number of hours in Wicklow town this morning after a truck jack-knifed on Church Hill, a few hundred yards from the Glebe national school.

1222 RTÉ's Joan O'Sullivan reports that snow has starting falling in Limerick city within and road conditions are changing rapidly as a result.

The city, along with the rest of the midwest, had experienced a dry and bright start to the day with few problems being reported.

However, gardaí in Limerick are now warning motorists to switch on their lights, slow down and take extra care as visibility worsens and snows levels increase.

1210 Watch the Severe Weather Briefing from the Inter Agency expert group live now http://bit.ly/ceUAzn

1200 Gardai are asking motorists in the Midlands to drive with caution. While main roads are mostly clear, side roads are still reported to be treacherous.

It is snowing in Portlaoise but main roads are clear. Mullingar is experiencing compact ice and the M6 is down to one lane. Footpaths around the region are very slippy

1152 The Defence Forces has deployed more than 1,500 soldiers and 450 vehicles to assist the Civil Authorities, snow and ice clearance, 4x4 vehicles to move doctors and nurses.

1148 Sligo County Council has tweeted that streets and footpaths in Sligo town were treated this morning and are passable with care.

1146 Kilkenny County Council says there is black ice on the M9 between J11 Mullinavat and J10 Knocktopher. Extreme care needed on the Thomastown/Kilkenny Road (R700).

1144 South Dublin County Council reports that the Greenhills/ Walkinstown area is affected by a water main burst in Robinhood Ind Estate area, work is ongoing to locate and repair the problem.

1139 News from Damien Tiernan, South-East Correspondent: Tramore and Dunmore East are worst affected areas at the moment, having had a significant snowfall last night.

Heavy snow is currently falling in Tramore and other parts of the east. Snow ploughs and gritters are working in these areas at the moment and outside contractors have been engaged to assist with the operation.

Main roads are generally good around the county this morning, however the Waterford/Tramore Road and Waterford/Dunmore Road are both particularly icy and should be avoided.

There is a significant risk of black ice on all other roads this morning because of fluctuating temperatures resulting in a thaw followed by an immediate freeze.

The south of the county and parts of east Waterford have had more than two inches of snow since 4am.

Motorists should delay journeys until later in the day if at all possible.

1130 The Defence Forces have said they are heavily committed to severe weather operations around the country today.

So far, over 1,500 soldiers and 450 vehicles have been deployed to assist the Civil Authorities.

Today’s operations are focusing on transporting health care professionals and patients in 4x4 vehicles in addition to assisting with snow and ice clearance.

1128 Wexford Bus on Facebook: We'd like to advise all passengers that services are running between Wexford and Dublin City & Airport, although some delays may be experienced.

The local town service is now operational again, however, the Kilmore and Rosslare routes have been suspended for the remainder of the day.

1114 The TextaParent.ie service, which schools use to alert parents about emergency school closures, has resumed full service.

The website was unavailable for 12 hours overnight due to unprecedented levels of usage.

1109 Residents in Castlepark Village, Mallow, Co Cork say they have had no water supply since last Friday, and that they still have no information when they will have water again.

1102 I'm told it's still raining in central Dublin, but it's turned to sleet here in Donnybrook. If you do have to go out today, wear appropriate footwear!

1050 Joan O'Sullivan on the situation in the midwest: It's a bright, dry day in the midwest, with improved road conditions, but local authorities are still advising motorists to drive with care.

In particular, gardaí are advising caution on the N69 Limerick to Foynes Road and the Croom to Bruff road, as well as on all local and back roads in all parts of Clare and Limerick.

Seven flights were diverted from Dublin to Shannon overnight, but Shannon itself experienced no disruption to its schedule.

Bus Éireann say only the Limerick-Scarriff bus route is experiencing problems at present, with the service terminating in Killaloe due to poor road conditions further ahead on the route.

1046 More news from Eileen Magnier in the northwest:

Snowing in parts of Donegal at present.

Bus Éireann services in the northwest operating with delays.

Donegal airport operational. Sligo airport expects to be operational by 12pm.

National primary routes in Co Leitrim are passable with care. Leitrim Co Council and Donegal Co Council have confirmed they will be getting salt supplies today.

1035 Another update from South-East Correspondent Damien Tiernan: Snow is continuing to fall in parts of the southeast this morning.

Blizzards are affecting parts of Waterford city, Waterford county and Carlow. Road conditions remain treacherous.

Many secondary roads remain impassable.

In Wicklow there are reports that a lorry carrying gas canisters has slid off the road near Wicklow Town.

Gardaí and emergency services are at the scene and there are no reports of injuries.

1028 A few more pictures in the gallery now.

A dog even managed to sneak in - he cunningly camouflaged himself with snow.

Some of my colleagues noticed my comment about disliking dogs, and they're none too happy.

You could even say I'm in the doghouse now.

1023 AA Roadwatch report that the M9 has one lane clear from J4 Castledermot to J7 Paulstown (up to 3 inches of snow in the right lane)

1010 The latest AA Roadwatch National Summary

Hazardous driving conditions countrywide, with black ice and snow to contend with. Temperatures have dropped again in Donegal, -13.6°C on the N15.

LEINSTER

MEATH/LOUTH The N2 Dublin/Monaghan Rd is extremely treacherous from Collon (Louth) through Slane, as far as Kilmoon Cross near Ashbourne. The entire route should be avoided. The N51 Navan/Slane Rd is barely passable. The M1 Belfast/Dublin Rd is extremely icy from J17 Dundalk to J9 Drogheda and a crash has been cleared at J15 Castlebellingam.

CARLOW/KILKENNY The M9 has one lane clear from J4 Castledermot to J7 Paulstown (up to 3 inches of snow in the right lane). The N80 Carlow/ Bunclody Rd and N81 Rathvilly/Tullow Rd are passable with care. Black ice on the M9 between J11 Mullinavat & J10 Knocktopher. Extreme care needed on the Thomastown/Kilkenny Rd (R700).

KILDARE Sunny Hill in Kilcullen is impasable (cars stuck on ice). Friary Rd, Naas should be avoided. Recent fresh snow around Naas Town, Clane and Kilcock.

The M7 is down to one lane in parts from J14 Monasterevin to J10 Naas South and there are delays on the N7 at J7 Kill due to snow. Reports of long delays on the Sallins/Clane Rd.

WICKLOW Extremely icy around Wicklow town. Church Hill is closed in Wicklow town (truck stuck on ice). Secondary routes are particularly bad in Bray and Baltinglass. The Wicklow Gap and Sally Gap are impassable with ice.

WESTMEATH Compacted snow and ice all around Mullingar. M6 is down to one lane in parts, extreme care needed.

MUNSTER

LIMERICK Severe black ice reported on the N69 Limerick/Foynes Rd.

CORK Treacherous on secondary routes throughout Co Cork. In Glanmire, Carrigaline and Ballincollig most hills are impassable. In Glanmire, it’s treacherous between Buck Learys Cross & Whites Cross and Barnavara Hill. Severe black ice on the Bantry/Drumleague (R584/R585). Very icy in Cobh, Midleton & Youghal and along the N25 Cork/Waterford Rd. The Old N8 Cork Rd is treacherous with ice between Watergrasshill and Glanmire. Numerous vehicles were stuck here this morning.

WATERFORD Severe black ice into Waterford City from the Tramore side.

TIPPERARY Snow & ice on the N62 Templemore/ Thurles Rd.

KERRY Avoid the Ring of Kerry & Conor Pass. * Icy on the Abbeydorney/Tralee Rd (R556) and Ballyduff/ Ballybunnion Rd.

ULSTER

DONEGAL Icy secondary routes around Letterkenny and Lifford have refrozen.

CAVAN Extremely icy in Baileboro and Virginia.

MONAGHAN All secondary routes are icy in Monaghan Town and care is advised on the main roads.

CONNACHT

SLIGO/LEITRIM 15 min delays on the N4 Dublin/Sligo Rd at Aghamore due to a jack-knifed truck. Traffic is down to one lane, a tow truck is en route. Severe ice between Castlebaldwin and Sligo. In Sligo town, avoid Connaughton Rd, while St Josephs Terrace is closed. * The N16 Sligo/Enniskillen is very slippery.

GALWAY Icy throughout Galway city, especially at the Docks and on the N17/Tuam Rd, Headford Rd and the Dublin Rd.

MAYO Treacherous in Westport, Castlebar & Swinford.

1005 Latest news on Dublin Bus services

1000 It's raining in Dublin at the moment. Whether this makes things better or worse remains to be seen.

0940 More AA Roadwatch updates:

Very heavy on the M50 southbound exiting at J13 Ballinteer. It is now snowing in the Dundrum area.

Knocksedan Hill in Swords is barely passable due to ice. Avoid where possible. Very icy on Long Lane, just off Clanbrassil St.

The N2 Dublin/Monaghan Rd is extremely treacherous from Collon, through Slane, as far as Kilmoon Cross.

Light on the N3 Navan Rd bothways between the M50 and Blanchardstown at this stage.

There were delays on the M3 pre 9am but snowploughs have been out. Continue to take care as there may be ice lingering.

0916 Belfast Airport on Twitter: We are open and operational this morning but flights still may be subject to delay. Please check with your airline.

0913 RTÉ's Brendan Wright: The City of Derry Airport is open but the runway remains closed due to the icy conditions. It is expected to reopen later this morning.

This morning's inbound Aer Arann flight from Dublin which was due to arrive at 9.15am and the subsequent outbound flight to Dublin have both been cancelled.

The outbound Ryanair flight to Glasgow Prestwick scheduled to deprt at 10.40 am, is now expected to depart at 11.00 am. Passengers due to travel are advised to check with their airlines for the latest updates.

0908 If you've sent in a photo and it hasn't been included, and you're feeling insulted by my comment that we haven't been sent very many, bear a few things in mind.

Many of the pictures we've received have been too small to use. Very few photos with a filesize smaller than 1MB are of a high enough resolution to be used.

We've got some great portrait pictures, but we can't use them - our pictures have to be in a ratio of 16:9.

Some of you are sending in emails and forgetting the attachment.

I don't like dogs.

0905 An update on Donegal, from North-West Correspondent Eileen Magnier: Three roads were closed overnight in Donegal for safety reasons, including the back of Errigal road and two roads in Inishowen.

The situation will be reviewed this morning by Donegal County Council which is again warning of black ice in many areas despite 1200km of priority roads being treated this morning.

There were heavy snowfalls in the county yesterday and plummeting overnight temperatures have led to dangerous driving conditions today with road temperatures reported to be very low in some parts particularly in the Grianan and Killygordon areas.

0901 Latest situation in the midlands, care of RTÉ Midlands Correspondent Ciaran Mullooly: Roads on high ground in North Longford are among the worst affected by overnight snow and frost in the midlands.

School bus services in Dromard and the Granard area have been curtailed after a bus went off the road yesterday and Longford county council have brought in extra grit supplies which locals and farmers are helping to spread at Kiltycon.

Conditions are described as treacherous on Cairn Hill and the N55 entrance to Granard is particularly dangerous because of road conditions on a hill entering the town from the Edgeworthstown direction.

Gardaí have urged motorists to avoid the area and use the alternative Ballinalee to Gowna road if possible.

0859 Latest forecast from Met Éireann:

Very cold with frost persisting in places through the day.

There'll be further rain, sleet and snow in east Leinster and in parts of east Munster this morning but drier and clearer weather will develop here during the afternoon and evening.

Elsewhere an bright but icy start, many places will be dry with sunny spells, but scattered wintry showers will affect parts of west Ulster and west Connacht.

Highest temperatures -1 to +3 Celsius generally.

0856 RTÉ's North-West Correspondent Eileen Magnier has this update on the situation in Sligo: Sligo County Council says that even though all priority routes were treated this morning, black ice remains a hazard on all routes, particularly on the N4 between Castlebaldwin and Collooney and motorists are asked to drive very slowly on all routes.

In Sligo town, streets and footpaths were also treated this morning and are passable with care. However Gallows Hill and the Mall Car Park and Connaughton Road Car Park are closed.

0855 Cork Airport is fully operational with no delays or disruptions

0852 RTÉ's south-East Correspondent Damien Tiernan has an update on the situation in Carlow/Kilkenny:

Many roads in the southeast are again impassable due to snowfalls overnight and this morning.

Parts of Carlow and Kilkenny, particularly north county Kilkenny, have had between 8 and 10 inches of snow. Parts of south of the county have had up to 3 inches of fresh snow.

The Dublin/Waterford motorway is open and passable with care.

Council officials say roads that were cleared of snow four times last week are now as bad as they were before the clearances and will have to be done again today and tomorrow.

It's expected many secondary roads will not be cleared today.

0845 Very few snow photos being sent to yourphotos@rte.ie today.

Is everyone finally sick of the stuff?

I certainly am. Walked home from work in my wellies yesterday, as surefooted as a mountain goat. Had to pop next door to pay rent to my landlord, thought I'd better change into more respectable footwear - slipped on the ice and fell.

My pride took a pretty heavy blow, but no serious harm done.

Be careful out there!

0839 It may be miserable out there on the roads, but spare a thought for these people who got trapped in their cars overnight in Scotland.

0832 Further AA update - The right lane of the M1 is closed northbound at J15 Castlebellingam due to a crash. Extreme care needed.

0825 AA Roadwatch reports that temperatures have dropped further in Donegal, -12.7°C on the N15. Drive with extreme care.

0821 If you're a fan of kissing under the mistletoe, enjoy it while you can - the Guardian report the parasitic plant is under threat.

0813 RailUsersIe on Twitter: Delays of 5-10 minutes on all Dublin suburban area rail services. Dublin Rosslare services 20 minutes late.

0803 RTÉ's Richard Dowling reports that conditions around the northeast are appalling.

The N2 through Slane and Collon should be avoided, as should the N51 through the village from Drogheda as they are impassable.

Icy road conditions are also reported on the alternative route along the M1 and through Ardee.

There is a lot of snow covering all towns around the region and bus services in Navan, Drogheda and Dundalk towns have been cancelled.

Bus Éireann are operating most regional services although many from Dundalk and Drogheda have been cancelled or are operating with restrictions.

The N53 Dundalk to Castleblayney road is said to be very bad as are roads around Innsikeen.

All roads in Meath are treacherous in particular around Navan, Athboy and Trim.

0802 Extreme care needed on the N18 between Limerick and Ennis, very icy with a collision at the Set Rights turn southbound, causing disruption.

0800 There has been disruption to one of the text message services informing parents of school closures.

The Irish Primary Principals Network text message service is down - they are working hard to get it up and running again.

If you have not received a text from your school, do not assume it means the school is open. Check before you set off.

0758 RTÉ's Brendan Wright reports that the PSNI say there are no major road closures but warn drivers that extreme caution is required especially on rural roads.

Belfast International Airport, which closed for a time yesterday, has reopened, but intending passengers are advised to contact their airlines about possible delays.

Translink says the majority of its bus services are operating as normal.

0755 RTÉ's Damien Tiernan reports: Roads are again treacherous across the South East with heavy snow falls in Wexford, Carlow Kilkenny and east Waterford again overnight.

Wicklow has also seen particularly heavy snowfalls in places. Roads are said to be as dangerous as they were any time last week.

0745 More AA updates -

M7 is down to one lane in parts from J14 Monasterevin to J10 Naas South, while M9 is down to one lane from J7 Paulstown to J4 Castledermot.

Extreme care needed in Meath and Louth; N2 closed from Kilmoon to Cullen, divert via Duleek and M1 which is also very.

0742 I've put a few pictures into today's gallery. More later!

0740 AA Roadwatch report that it is very icy on the N18 Ennis/Limerick Rd. Gardaí are dealing with a collision at Set Rights turn. Drive carefully.

0730 In Phoenix Park; Cabra Gate, Islandbridge Gate, Knockmaroon Gate, Wellington Rd and Upper Glen Rd are closed.

0715 Morning Ireland is live on air, with weather updates.

0705 AA advice for driving in snow

Drive only as fast as conditions allow, and remember that stopping distances are up to ten times longer in ice and snow.

0653 Irish Rail update: 07:10 M3 Parkway service now operates

0650 I looked at the weather on my phone when I woke up at 5am. It informed me that it was -3C in Dublin, and -14C in Donegal. Minus 14!!!

The thought that my friends and family in Donegal were even worse off cheered me up on my walk to work.

0645 Irish Rail on Twitter: 0710 M3 Parkway to Docklands is cancelled. Customers per later service.

0638 Bus Éireann update: Most Bus Éireann services around the country are operating as per normal with some delays and diversions in affected areas.

The main commuter routes in the east and north east are operating this morning with some delays and diversions.

Visit www.buseireann.ie for further details.

0635 RTÉ's Jennie O'Sullivan reports that gardaí in Cork city are warning motorists of black ice following overnight rain.
The Glanmire, Riverstown and Blarney areas are said to be particularly dangerous.

Many areas especially footpaths and housing estates on higher ground in the city remain treacherous while gardaí in North and East Cork say many roads are like glass.

At Cork Airport, there is some disruption to the flights schedule caused by weather problems at Edinburgh, Glasgow and Heathrow airports and travellers are asked to contact their airline directly before coming to the airport.

With freezing fog and temperatures as low as -5C overnight, airport ground crews sprayed the runway, taxiways and apron areas throughout the night.

In West Cork, roads are described as being like an ice rink in several places following overnight rain which froze as it fell. Gardaí say Bandon, Innishannon and parts of Bantry are particularly bad.

Cork County Council say the water situation remains critical thoughout West Cork and have requested householders to eliminate leaks as demand continues to exceed supply. Water was off in the Bantry area overnight.

Black ice is also a problem in Kerry, where gardai are warning road users, especially in the north of the county, to exercise caution on all roads, particularly local roads.

Kerry County Council has again appealed to householders not to run taps overnight as water levels have dropped significantly in the past week. Demand is said to have increased by 20% since the cold spell began.

The Conor Pass remains closed.

0626 Dublin Bus update: Dublin Bus is operating a full bus service this morning, on all routes. However due to the adverse weather conditions there are a number of curtailments to some routes and some services may be subject to delays.

A full list of the routes affected is available on www.dublinbus.ie or on www.transport.ie.

Customers can also telephone the Dublin Bus Customer Information Line on 01 8734222

0620 Irish Rail release: Full services are operating throughout the network across Intercity, DART and Commuter routes this morning.

Docklands station has reopened. All services to and from M3 Parkway are now operating to and from Docklands.

Services are subject to minor delays as points are cleared of snow and ice

0615 AA Roadwatch National Summary

ULSTER

MONAGHAN Heavy snowfall in Co Monaghan. Monaghan gardaí say the town should be avoided.

CAVAN Heavy snowfall in Co Cavan. Motorists are advised to avoid Cock Hill, Barrack Hill and Main St Car Park in Cavan Town.

DONEGAL Snowfall and icy conditions causing problems throughout the county.

CONNACHT

GALWAY The N18/Clarinbridge/Gort Rd is treacherous.

SLIGO The N4/Sligo/Dublin Rd between Castlebaldwin and Collooney is passable with care due to icy conditions. Elsewhere in Sligo, gardaí say Connaughton Rd should be avoided and St. Josephs Terrace is closed.

LEITRIM Persistent snowfall around Carrick-on-Shannon, gardaí advise against unnecessary journeys. It's snowing heavily in Manorhamilton.

MAYO Treacherous in Westport and Swinford.

MUNSTER

CORK Extreme care is advised on the M8 Cork/Dublin Rd in particular at J12 Mitchelstown. Severe black ice is causing hazardous driving conditions. Icy along the N25 Cork/Waterford Rd at Midleton. Very icy all around Midleton and Fermoy. Icy at Hilltown in Carrigaline.

TIPPERARY Black ice is affecting secondary roads around Tipperary.

KERRY Avoid the Ring of Kerry & Conor Pass.

CLARE Black ice to contend with in parts of Co Clare.

LEINSTER

LOUTH Heavy snowfall and extremely icy conditions on the M1 Dublin/Belfast Rd northbound between J7 Julianstown and J9 Drogheda. Heavy snowfall in Dundalk and Drogheda town where conditions are treacherous.

LONGFORD Gardaí are advising motorists to avoid the hill coming into Granard on the N55 from the Edgeworthstown side as roads remain treacherous.

WESTMEATH Snow and ice in patches around Athlone & Mullingar/Castlepollard Rd (R394) and the Delvin/Mullingar Rd (R400). The M6/Galway/Dublin Rd is treacherous between Enfield and Kinnegad. Extremely icy on the N52/Mullingar/Tullamore Rd.

KILDARE Extremely treacherous conditions in both directions along the M7 from J14 Monasterevin to J10 Naas South where traffic is down to one lane. Heavy snowfall resulting in treacherous conditions in Naas Town, Clane Village and on the Kilcock/Trim Rd (R158).

WICKLOW Snow and black ice on many routes throughout Co Wicklow. The Wicklow Gap is impassable with ice. Gardaí are advising motorists to avoid the Vale Rd linking Arklow and Woodenbridge, due to very icy conditions.

LAOIS Heavy snowfall in Co Laois; particularly poor conditions in Portlaoise, Abbeyleix and Rathdowney.

WEXFORD Black ice on the M11/Gorey Bypass, particularly under the flyovers. The Gorey/Courtown Rd (R742)is closed due to roadworks and the diversion route is treacherous.

MEATH Heavy snowfall on the N51 at Slane which is now closed to traffic due to treacherous road conditions. Heavy snowfall and ice on the N2 Dublin/Monaghan Rd where the road is impassable at Slane and Collon (Louth). Icy conditions have also been reported along this route at Ardee.

KILKENNY Black ice on the M9 between J11 Mullinavat & J10 Knocktopher.

0600 First things first - the weather from Met Éireann:

Very cold again today with frost and freezing fog slow to clear and persisting in places. There'll be further outbreaks of rain, sleet and snow in many parts of Leinster and in parts of east Munster but drier and clearer weather will develop in north Leinster later in the morning and spread southwards during the afternoon and evening. Elsewhere it will be mostly dry, with bright or sunny spells, but scattered showers of rain, hail, sleet or snow will affect northern and western parts of both Ulster and Connacht. Highest temperatures -1 to +3C generally and winds will be light to moderate mainly north to northeasterly.

Bitterly cold tonight but dry apart from some wintry showers in northern and northwestern areas. With clear spells and light winds there'll be a widespread severe frost with icy conditions and patches of freezing fog also. Lowest temperatures -2 to -9C.

Still very cold on Wednesday with frost and freezing fog slow to clear and persisting in places. It will be a dry and bright day in most areas with sunny spells in fog-free areas but a few wintry showers will affect northwestern coastal areas. Highest temperatures just -1 to +3 Celsius generally and winds will be light to moderate north to northwest.

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