• Dublin Airport fully operational - up to 50 flights on all airlines to and from Dublin cancelled
• All rail routes operating
• Curtailments/diversions on Dublin Bus
• Ice and snow persisting widely
2219 That's all for tonight folks. Merry Christmas, We will be back at 7am tomorrow.
Now it is decision time: The pub or listen to my mother sing in the choir at midnight mass.
2146 Dublin Airport Authority has said it is working with airlines to provide accommodation for those passengers who remain stranded at Dublin Airport this evening. Thousands more remain stranded at other airports across Europe because of the continuing freezing conditions.
2042 Over 300 passengers, including children, were left sitting on a US Airways plane this evening for 7 hours at Dublin Airport. Passengers have just been taken off the aircraft. US Airways have declined to comment.
2026 Children are advised to get to bed soon as Santa is getting closer. He is currently in Madagascar, next stop Comoros. Track Santa's route here
2005 Irish rail have said that the power is back and signalling is working at Limerick Junction. Cork & Limerick trains are on the move again. Irish Rail have tweeted 'Let's get home everyone, Happy Christmas!'
1931 It is estimated that up to 50 flights from all airlines have been cancelled to or from Dublin Airport.
1849 Delays on Belfast to Dublin Enterprise train of up to 25 minutes due to a train fault.
1842 Speaking on RTÉ News Tina Leonard of the National Consumer Agency has said that a variety of consumer rights exist for people with flight difficulties.
1840 Cork and Limerick rail services delayed, there is an ESB power fault affecting signalling, workers are doing their best to restore.
1827 Water services to be curtailed in Sligo between 8am and 8pm in Ballymote town and also areas relying on the Lough Easkey water scheme: Dromard, Skreen, Templeboy, Dromore West, Easkey, Enniscrone, Culleens and Corballa.
1824 Dublin traffic, heavy outbound from the Cabra Rd heading onto the N3/Navan Rd approaching the M50 Interchange.
A truck is blocking Coolock Lane heading towards the M1. Take care on approach. N32 also treacherous with ice.
Gardaí in Malahide advise against unnecessary journeys. Extremely icy on Main St, New St & James’ Tce in particular.
1800 Irish Rail report signal fault between Limerick and Limerick Junction, services currently delayed pending the fault being rectified.
1707 Irish Rail say all trains are running on all routes, some minor delays, Dublin to Cork 30 minutes. Trains stop 9pm, check times before travel. No trains on 25 and 26 December.
1700 In Dublin, conditons are still bad around the city centre but there are no major delays.
1659 The N17/Sligo/Tubbercurry Rd is very icy at this point, particularly in Achonry.
1658 The N81/Baltinglass/Tallaght Rd is treacherous although it has been gritted recently enough.
1657 In Cork, it is treacherous around Midleton.
1656 In Ulster, avoid hills and inclines and stick to main roads where possible in counties Donegal, Monaghan and Cavan.
1655 Icy on the Tyrconnell Rd, Davitt Rd and at the junction of Emmett Rd and Grattan Crescent in Inchicore causing delays towards Bluebell.
1650 In Wicklow, it is extremely treacherous conditions along the N11 Dublin/Wexford Rd between Rathnew and Bray.
1649 In Kildare, there have been a number of collisions on the M4 near J6 Celbridge.
Road temperatures remain below freezing; -9.3C on the N15 Kilygordon, -7.7C on the N17 Tuam, -7.5C on the N4 Ballinalack.
And here is the science, Met Éireann has just told me that they calculate road temperatures using a mathematical equation. The mathematical model works by calculating precipitation, cloud cover and atmosphere temperature.
1640 Black ice on M1 southbound from J5 Balbriggan Sth to J2 Dublin Airport. Conditions also hazardous at main R/A off the M1.
1625 Dublin Airport's main runway was closed temporarily as there was an incident with a light aircraft it has reopened.
1618 A spokesperson for Aer Lingus has said that 'it is the policy of the airline to provide hotel accommodation for passengers whose flights have been cancelled and who are stranded away from their home country.'
He continued, 'Some European airports are dealing with large numbers of stranded passengers, leading to increased demand for accommodation and it may not always be possible for the airline to provide accommodation in these circumstances.'
1558 Dublin city quays back to normal now.
Just heard the brother in law's flight is cancelled and he will not be making it over from the UK, I don't think he is too devastated.
1555 Enterprise train from Dublin to Belfast delayed by 24 minutes.
1553 Met Éireann says that a thaw is expected on St Stephen's Day.
1552 National Roads Authority have said that while there are adequate salt supplies for primary roads, extra care is needed on secondary routes.
1551 The Dublin Airport Authority has said that it was working with the airlines to provide accommodation for those who would be left stranded in Dublin Airport.
1550 Ryanair has said up to half of its aircraft are in the wrong places and it has run out of de-icer at some airports. Information was being provided to intending passengers via their websites, text messages and through their call centres.
1549 Andrew McLindon from Bus Éireann says extra inter-city services have been put on tomorrow to collect people from Dublin Airport.
1548 Michael Philips, Dublin City Engineer, is asking people to conserve water and warning that there could be cut offs to water supplies in Dublin after 28 December.
1534 In Limerick city, freezing fog in the city. heavy traffic throughout especially at the shopping centres.
1533 In Cork, Lavitts Quay has re-opened from Patrick St to Christy Ring Bridge following the removal of fallen debris.
1532 Trains running on all routes. Minor delays, except Dublin-Cork, 30-60 mins late. Numbers travelling easing off considerably.
1531 Dublin city, There has been a serious collision inbound at the junction of Church St/North King St where the road is blocked. AA roadwatch on twitter
Latest weather forecast:
Staying very cold and frosty, but dry and sunny, snow flurries affecting east Ulster and coastal parts of Leinster. Highest temperatures of -7 to +3C. Dry and calm tonight with clear spells. There will be widespread freezing fog, particularly inland.
1516 In Dublin on the M50 northbound just north of Dundrum a car is stuck and is blocking part of the road.
1515 If you want to follow Santa's journey across the world click here. Looks like he is in Asia at the moment.
1509 Kildare County Council is giving extra attention on the M4, M7 and M9 problem areas such as bridges and steep inclines on minor roads. The council advises that 'every road, whether treated or not, should be regarded as icy and dangerous.
1431 The Irish Coast Guard has advised the public to take care when out and about during the current cold weather and in particular, to stay off cliff walks, frozen coastal paths, frozen lakes and canals.
1400 IrishRail on Twitter: Delays on Dublin-Cork route up to 60 minutes in each direction.
1328 Gardaí are advising motorists that delays can be expected on the South Quays in Dublin. A large truck is causing an obstruction as it is stuck on ice. Gritters are on the way but the situation is unlikely to be resolved within the next hour.
1259 One News is about to start with further travel and weather updates
1245 Ryanair has cancelled 16 flights in and out of Dublin Airport today. It says some aircraft aren't in the right positions and it has run out of de-icing fluid at Shannon and Cork airports.
Aer Lingus has cancelled 15 flights in and out of Dublin which it says is the result of delays getting flights out this morning.
1243 Aer Lingus says the last flight scheduled to arrive at Dublin Airport is a transatlantic flight from New York due in at 3.40am on Christmas morning, weather permitting.
Aer Lingus flight operations will resume on St Stephen's Day. The first flight will be from Dublin to Amsterdam at 6am.
A spokesperson said the airline is working to clear the backlog of passengers left stranded due to the freezing weather conditions and said the airline will continue to put on extra capacity until the weather crisis is over.
1214 Aer Lingus and Ryanair are planning to cancel some flights into Dublin later today. More details to follow.
1200 There have been many, many comments on our live updates during the cold weather. We appreciate them all very much, so thanks a million.
It’s a team effort here, hence we haven’t been by-lining the updates.
But this particular updater is checking out now and heading for the west. Hopefully there'll be a kettle on when I get there.
I'd like to wish everyone a Happy Christmas and Happy New Year. I hope you all get home safe and sound, and a particular shout out to all those people stranded at the airports. Good luck to you all and try to keep the spirits up.
My Dublin-based colleagues will continue to keep you updated throughout the day.
1150 aaroadwatch on Twitter: DUBLIN Conditions extremely icy from Islandbridge approaching SCR & through to Kilmainham. St Johns Rd West also very icy.
1146 aaroadwatch on Twitter: KILDARE Two collisions on M4 near J6 Celbridge. Eastbound lanes are currently closed. Westbound lanes are restricted. Extremely icy heading northbound on the M4 between J6 Celbridge and J5 Leixlip. Slow down!
1137 The Defence Forces have said they will continue to assist local communities throughout the Christmas period.
In Dublin today, troops are transporting healthcare staff and patients to medical facilities around the city. Army personnel are also assisting Dublin City Council with snow and ice clearance at major transport hubs, including Heuston Station.
In the West and midlands, the focus today is on providing mobility for healthcare staff in Cavan, Athlone, Roscommon, Sligo, Longford and Galway. Patients are also being transported to Dublin for ongoing treatment.
In the South, medical staff are being transported to Hospices and Hospitals around the city and patients are being transferred to Dublin for treatment. A meals on wheels service is also being provided to the elderly and housebound, and mobility is being provided to Gardai on patrol.
The Defence Forces will be on duty throughout the Christmas period assisting local communities during the current severe weather episode.
1126 Ryanair has said there will be no flights into or out of Dublin Airport on Christmas Day.
The last flight is scheduled to arrive at the airport at 8pm today, weather-permitting, however delays are expected. A spokesperson for the airline said that final flight should arrive before midnight.
The airline said it cannot put on extra flights on Christmas Day as it does not have the crew and because other airports will be closed.
A spokesperson said the airline is continuing to work to bring aircraft and crew scattered across Europe back into position and is working to clear the backlog of passengers left stranded due to the freezing weather conditions.
Ryanair's flight operations will resume on St Stephen's Day.
1115 IrishRail on Twitter: In Heuston, the army have arrived to help clear the paths, roads and car park around station: thanks all! 10.35 Belfast-Connolly running 45 mins late, signal fault NIR.
1111 Just heard that two of my colleagues had minor traffic accidents this morning. 'Like driving on a mirror', said one. I've left the expletive out.
I'll be driving that mirror for well over 200km soon. Not a pleasant prospect.
Please be careful out there, folks.
11.03 Santa Claus takes time out from his busy schedule to tell Morning Ireland listeners why the snow helps his journey.
1059 aaroadwatch on Twitter: KILDARE: Extremely bad ice on the Sallins Rd leaving Naas approaching the Millenium R/A.
1047 Latest weather forecast:
Frosty and icy today with freezing fog, especially across the midlands. Dry and sunny for most areas, but a few snow flurries will affect east Ulster, possibly feeding in along parts of the Leinster coast as well. Bitterly cold, with highs of -7 to +3 degrees.
1043 aaroadwatch on Twitter: A high number of collisions throughout Dublin, conditions are extremely dangerous. Please drive with extreme care.
1030 The following comment caught my eye: ‘I'm just wondering what would be a good movie to watch today....planes, trains & automobiles or airplane?? Anyone have any other suggestions??’
The reason it caught my eye is because I was reminded of Planes, Trains & Automobiles last night. I was sitting in a restaurant eating when I noticed the guy at the next table had taken his shoes and socks off. Now he wasn’t of John Candy girth, and thankfully I wasn’t sitting beside him on a plane, but I did feel a bit like Steve Martin for a while.
Need a reminder? Watch the film clip here
By the way, either of those films sounds good to me.
1025 IrishRail on Twitter: Some delays through Portarlington, 30-60 mins, clearing frozen points.
1023 I've just seen a press release from the Road Safety Authority with the headline 'Thaw Will Present Even More Challenges For Road-Users'.
Just what we wanted to hear.
Anyway, here's the gist of the release:
Despite a forecast for an improvement in the weather conditions nationwide from St Stephen's Day, the Road Safety Authority (RSA) is warning road users that road conditions will continue to be treacherous in most parts of the country.
Noel Brett, RSA Chief Executive, repeated his plea for road-users to take extreme care in these conditions. He advised that 'there is a danger that road-users and particularly motorists will be lulled into a false sense of security as conditions improve after the recent freezing conditions. Roads right across the country will remain extremely dangerous with lingering patches of snow and ice posing serious risks for all road-users.
'The expected thaw will present even more challenges for all road-users. The main danger will be from melting snow and ice and rain which has been forecast. Slush will build up on the roads and they will become very wet. Met Éireann are warning of a risk of localised flooding.
Combined with grit on the roads there will be an increased risk of skidding and aquaplaning. Our advice to motorists is to continue to drive with extreme caution - don't assume that because the weather is improving, the road conditions are also improving. They're not, so please drive with care. We would also appeal to pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists to take extra care when using the roads.'
The RSA has a number of tips for driving during the thaw:
- There may be grit residue remaining on the roads during a thaw which creates a hazard for road users due to the risk of skidding. This can occur especially in the centre of the road and on bends.
- Black ice can linger long after the snow is gone. Motorists need to watch out in sheltered areas, bends and corners.
- Keep an extra distance from the vehicle in front and always expect the unexpected.
- Beware of thawing ice and slush which can build up at the side of the road, this increases the risk of skidding.
- Spray from other vehicles can be thrown onto your windscreen which reduces visibility. Keep an extra distance from the vehicle in front and ensure your windshield washer is full. Keep lights cleared of grime and dirt.
- The thaw can lead to flooding in patches so slow down to reduce the risk of aquaplaning.
- The freeze/thaw action leads to damaged road surfaces. Cyclists and motorcyclists are advised to watch out for these hazards.
- Motorists are asked to allow extra distance when passing cyclists and motorcyclists as they may have to take evasive action to avoid a hazard such as black ice or a pot-hole.
- Beware of overhead hazards. Melting snow and ice falling from buildings and trees poses a serious risk. Road users, especially pedestrian's and cyclists, need to be aware of what is happening above them and stay clear from the edges of buildings.
- Slush, sand, grit and ice-melting chemicals accumulates on the underside of vehicles which accelerates corrosion. Wash your vehicle, particularly the windscreen and lights.
1013 Joe Duffy's Liveline webcam is live now on Grafton Street until 11am. Watch it here.
0954 IrishRail on Twitter: Maynooth points rectified, DART delays easing. All routes operating.
0952 Ireland West Airport (Knock) wishes to advise passengers that the airport is open and fully operational.
The airport will continue to monitor conditions throughout the day.
0938 Dublin Bus services are operating right across the city. There are curtailments and diversions to some routes.
Dublin Bus Airlink services will operate all day today through the evening and night to facilitate passengers arriving into Dublin Airport.
Airlink services 747 and 748 provide direct services between Dublin Airport and Dublin city centre.
0937 Dublin Airport Authority says over 400 flights are scheduled to leave or depart Dublin Airport today.
Some 800 people spent the night in the airport last night.
0905 Heathrow Airport says 1,100 flights will operate on the airfield today - 95% of the predicted schedule.
Brussels airport reports heavy snowfall has caused capacity problems on the ground and as a result it can't handle incoming traffic for the moment.
0901 Irish Ferries says it will operate an additional fast ferry from Dublin to Holyhead and back today. It will leave Dublin at 2.30pm, arrive in Holyhead at 4.30pm, leave Holyhead at 5.15pm and arrive in Dublin at 7.15pm.
0857 IrishRail on Twitter: Trains to Heuston Station operating up to 30 minutes delay, due to weather conditions.
Northbound DART delays at present due to mechanical fault at Seapoint; Maynooth-Dublin delays due to frozen points.
0852 Santa goes on Morning Ireland to assure everyone the snowy weather won't stop him reaching all homes tonight. In fact, he says the snow makes his job much easier!
0834 LiveDrive on Twitter: There is a car on fire at the top of the slip from the M1 inbound towards the airport. A truck has jack-knifed on Prussia St in Stoneybatter, traffic is completely blocked in both directions
0833 IrishRail on Twitter: Northbound DART delays at present due to mechanical fault at Seapoint; Maynooth-Dublin delays due to frozen points.
0830 You're not going to like this but here goes:
A Met Éireann spokesman has just been on Morning Ireland to say that a combination of heavy rain and melting snow could give rise to the possibility of flooding next week.
Just what we needed to hear on this icy, freezing, 'treacherous' (see 0825) Christmas Eve.
0828 aaroadwatch on Twitter: WICKLOW: Severe black ice reported along the N11 Dublin/Wexford Rd between Rathnew and Bray.
0825 I think I’ve typed the words 'treacherous' and 'hazardous' more in the past three weeks than I have in the entire decade before that. And you can add 'snow' and 'ice' to that list too. Unfortunately, the word 'thaw' hasn’t had to be typed too often…
0814 LiveDrive on Twitter: A car is stuck on ice on the M1 northbound under the M50 flyover, traffic is down to one lane.
0807 AA Roadwatch says the M50 southbound exit at J6 Blanchardstown is closed due to severe icy conditions. A number of trucks have jack-knifed
0800 aaroadwatch on Twitter: GALWAY:Dense freezing fog around Loughrea. Use your fog lights in the affected areas.
0741 aaroadwatch on Twitter: N11 has reopened at Kilcroney.
0734 aaroadwatch on Twitter: N11 northbound is closed at the Kilcroney exit, due to a serious crash. Exit at Kilmacanogue.
0730 DublinAirport on Twitter: Ryanair and Aer Lingus advising that they can only accommodate passengers with confirmed bookings for travel today.
0729 Update from Bus Éireann:
Most Bus Éireann services around the country are operating as per normal this morning with some delays and diversions in affected areas.
The main inter-city services from Dublin are operating. Route 7: Dublin/Clonmel will not operate via Athy or Castlecomer. Route 33 Dublin-Derry - 1000 departure from Dublin cancelled, but earlier and later departures from Dublin should operate.
Bus Éireann is to operate a limited inter-city service to and from Dublin Airport and Dublin (Busaras) on Christmas Day to main destinations around the island to facilitate people who may be arriving into Dublin city centre or Dublin Airport on late Christmas Eve or Christmas Day.
Services will operate to and from Limerick, Belfast, Cork, Galway, Rosslare Harbour, Ballina, Sligo, Waterford, Letterkenny, Donegal, Clonmel, and Derry subject to road and weather conditions. All services will operate via the main towns en-route.
Road passenger services currently affected by weather and road conditions include some services in the east and north east:
Route 111 Cavan/Athboy - Cavan/Granard only. Dublin/Athboy - Operating with delays; (no connection to Cavan or Granard)
Route 161 Dundalk/Carlingford/Newry - Operating, not serving Whitestown.
Route 163 Drogheda/Donore - Cancelled.
Route 166 Dundalk Carrickmacross - Not serving Inniskeen. Cavan service cancelled.
Route 168 Dundalk/Annagassan - Cancelled.
Route 175 Monaghan/Cavan - Cancelled.
Route 182 Drogheda/Ardee - Operating not serving Tullyallen.
Route 187 Oldcastle/Kells - Not serving Moynalty.
Route 189 Drogheda/Clogher - Cancelled.
Route 190 Drogheda/Laytown - Cancelled.
Balbriggan Town Service - Cancelled
Drogheda Northside & Southside Town Services - Operating main Roads only.
Dundalk Town Services - Not serving Marian Park or Coxes.
Route 109: Dublin/Cavan - Operating with delays
Route 109A: Navan/DCU - Operating not serving Ashbourne
Route 118 Dublin/Mullingar via Summerhill Operating
Route 120: Dublin/Edenderry - Operating with delays not serving Robertstown
Route 126: Dublin/Kildare - Operating; not serving Turf bog lane Suncroft
Route 133: Dublin/Wicklow - Operating with delays; 0800 and 1300 Ex Arklow -Wicklow; 1030 Wicklow -Arklow all cancelled. Services not serving Leg of Mutton will operate via Main Street.
0724 aaroadwatch on Twitter: KILDARE: Foggy conditions along the M7 Dublin/Limerick Rd from J8 Johnstown all the way to J10 Naas South.
0722 Thanks to all of you who have taken the time to get involved on our comments section. It's great to know there's somebody out there reading!
0716 aaroadwatch on Twitter: LAOIS: Fog and icy conditions around Abbeyleix; use your fog lights in the affected areas.
0700 Morning Ireland has just started on RTÉ Radio 1. The programme will have regular weather and travel updates and you can listen live to the show here.
0658 IrishRail on Twitter: All trains operating on all routes, some delays expected. Arrive in good time at Intercity stations. Saturday service on DART/Dub Commuter.
0650 You can get details of flight arrivals/departures at Dublin, Cork and Shannon airports on Aertel page 570.
0640 Latest AA Roadwatch national summary:
Severe freezing temperatures in the North West as low as -17°C in Co Donegal.
A few tips if you are driving over the Christmas period:
Allow plenty of extra time to reach your destination and travel during daylight if possible. Have a full tank of petrol and make sure your mobile phone is fully charged. If you are heading to a snow affected rural area, pack a shovel in case you get stuck and a warm coat and boots.
Carlow: Black ice on most routes in Co. Carlow; in particular in the north of the county.
Dublin/Kildare: Drive with extreme care southbound on the M7 Dublin/Limerick Rd from J4 Rathcoole all the way to J10 Naas South.
Kildare: The M4 is very icy in the right lane from J6 Celbridge to J3 Lucan. Liffey Bridge in Celbridge is passable with care. Captains Hill in Leixlip is treacherous.
Wexford: Thick compacted snow throughout the county; particularly dangerous the Gorey to Wexford Rd via Ballycanew.
Wicklow: Treacherous conditions with thick compacted snow in Wicklow Town. In Bray, Culla Rd and Meath Rd barely passable due to ice and compacted snow. Windgates Rd, Greystones should be avoided due to icy conditions. Compacted snow & ice affecting roads in Rathdrum and Roundwood. Avoid Sally Gap and Wicklow Gap.
Louth/Meath: Very icy stretches on the M2 approaching Ashbourne, with the N2 down to one lane in parts as far as Collon. Still icy in Dundalk and Drogheda.
Westmeath: A one-way system in operation in Athlone on St. Marys Place and Gleeson St following a fire on Wednesday. Very icy conditions countywide.
Galway: Dense freezing fog around Loughrea. Use your fog lights in the affected areas. Icy across the county, particularly in Clifden, Recess and the Maam Valley Rd.
Mayo: Compacted snow and ice has resulted in hazardous roads especially in Westport, Castlebar and Ballina.
Leitrim: Very poor conditions on N16 between Sligo & Manorhamilton.
Donegal: Compacted snow and ice throughout Letterkenny Co Donegal. Treacherous conditions countywide but particulalry in Glenties. Avoid Barnesmore Gap.
Tipperary: Freezing fog and thick ice approaching Thurles on the N62/Templemore Rd and the Nenagh Rd (R498).
Cork: Compacted snow and ice around West Cork; especially in Skibbereen and Bantry.
Limerick: Extra care needed in the Rhebogue area. Treacherous conditions on the Pallasgreen/Cappamore Rd (R507), just off the N24. Avoid Caherconlish/Herbertstown Rd (R513) due to treacherous conditions. Icy conditions on secondary routes in the County in particular around Newcastle West.
Kerry: Icy around Kenmare, Listowel, Tralee and Killarney. Conor Pass and Molls Gap are closed. Extra care on N70 Tralee/Castlemaine Rd and Castlemaine/Farranfore Rd (R561).
0633 I'm not sure if we'll get around to doing a picture gallery today, folks, but we'll try. Send your pics to email@example.com.
0615 aaroadwatch on Twitter: Severe freezing temperatures in the North West as low as -17°C in Co. Donegal.
0600 Full statement from Dublin Airport Authority:
Dublin Airport is fully operational this morning, Friday 24th December, 2010. Our snow and ice crews worked throughout the night to clear snow and ice in preparation for the first wave of arrival and departing flights this morning while temperatures on the airfield dropped as low as -10 degrees.
While heavy snowfalls are not predicted this morning our snow and ice crew are on standby should weather conditions deteriorate further.
Passengers intending to travel today should consult with their airline's website BEFORE coming to the airport today.
Dublin Bus update:
Dublin Bus services are operating on all corridors across the city, however there are curtailments and diversions due to icy road conditions. Some services may also experience delays.
Dublin Bus advises customers to check www.dublinbus.ie for updates or telephone the Dublin Bus Customer Information Line on 01 8734222.
Dublin Bus services will operate until 9pm only, tonight, Christmas Eve.
The Luas Red Line is operating a full service between The Point and Tallaght Stops.
The Luas Green Line is operating a full line service between St Stephen's Green and Brides Glen.
There are extra trams on today, Christmas Eve, in the final run-in to Christmas. The extra trams are in service on the Red Line which links Tallaght with The Point via the city centre. In addition to city centre business and shopping districts the Red Line serves the transport hubs of Busaras, Heuston and Connolly Stations.
Luas services will finish at 8pm today Christmas Eve and will resume at 9am on St Stephen's Day running on both lines right through to 11.30pm.
Latest weather forecast:
Mainly dry and sunny today apart from some snow flurries in east Ulster and perhaps also near Leinster coasts. Ice and lying snow persisting widely, along with areas of freezing fog inland. Highest temperatures -7 to +3 degrees Celsius, coldest inland where fog lingers. Winds light, northwesterly or variable.
Tonight will be dry, mostly clear and near calm. Freezing fog will tend to become more widespread again inland and there will be no change in the extent of ice and lying snow. Lowest temperatures -8 to -15 degrees Celsius generally away from coastal margins.
Christmas Day will be dry and mostly sunny but freezing fog will persist yet again in parts of the midlands. There will be little or no wind and temperatures will stay below freezing point in many places, despite the sunshine. After dark, southeast winds will freshen and temperatures will begin to stabilise but it will remain icy in most areas.
Lying snow? Whoever thought the white stuff could be so duplicitous?
0555 Good morning and happy Christmas to everyone.
Not sure how many of you will be on the move this morning, but I'm sure there'll be a few. I'll be in the same boat - or car, rather - later today myself. Not looking forward to the journey but fingers crossed it'll all be fine.
I'll have a few more snippets of information for you very shortly, but firstly Dublin Airport is fully operational so hopefully you'll all get home today if you're flying.
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