WEATHER WARNING: Status Orange extreme low temperature warning for this evening

WEATHER WARNING: Status Orange extreme low temperature warning for this evening

Temperatures will drop as low as -8 degrees C in some areas.

The warning for this weekend covers all of Connacht and counties Cavan, Monaghan, Donegal, Dublin, Kildare, Laois, Longford, Louth, Wicklow, Offaly, Westmeath and Meath.

"Extremely low temperatures tonight with severe frost, ice and lying snow".

Gritters have been out in force since the cold snap began on Friday.

The following statement was issued on Saturday night.

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- Met Éireann (@MetEireann) December 10, 2017Met Éireann high resolution model HARMONIE showing mixture of rain and snow prediction for 9am Sunday.

Update 9am.: Temperatures will plummet to minus two today as Met Eireann issues two weather warnings.

Particularly heavy snow was reported in Ballinasloe - and snow ploughs have been deployed to clear sections of the motorway affected by heavy falls.

Road safety chiefs are urging motorists, pedestrians and cyclists to take extra care. It can also fall off during your drive and cause injury to pedestrians or a reflex action by another driver.

"Really it is about driving at a speed that is appropriate for the road conditions and keeping a safe distance from the cars in front of you".

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