Motorists warned of winter road conditions

Motorist are being advised to take care on the roads as high winds and icy temperatures are expected today and into tonight.

Motorist are being advised to take care on the roads as high winds and icy temperatures are expected today and into tonight.

Despite having a much milder Christmas period compared to recent years. Donegal County Council gritting teams were called into action on Sunday ight and Monday morning to deal with “very difficult” conditions on our roads.

Sporadic hail and sleet showers left some roads in a dangerous condition and Donegal County Council representative, James Boyle, said many gritting lorries were called out to deal with the problem.

Mr. Boyle stated: “We had a call out last night for most of our lorries to grit the roads around 9 o’clock because of the ongoing snow showers. It was a very difficult night in that with the ongoing showers it tends to wash away the salt so it can be very difficult to treat the roads in conditions like that.”

He added that the worst affected areas were exposed high ground.

“We had some problems in hilly areas like Meenaroy but generally it thawed fairly quickly so it was not too bad,” he said.

James said he was advising motorist to take care on the roads as high winds are forecast for the early part of today while there is a risk of icy conditions through the night.

According to Met Eireann there is more mixed weather on the way for the rest of the week.

Their forecast is for changeable and unsettled weather for most of the week, but improving towards the weekend. Tonight night will be cold and breezy, with a mixture of clear spells and scattered showers, most of the showers in the southwest, west and northwest, with one or two wintry ones possible over high ground with a touch of frost in sheltered places. Wednesday will become milder. Thursday will be quite cold, but mostly dry, with sunny spells and just a few scattered showers.