Snow-ice warning upgraded to status orange for several counties

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Gardai tweeted: "Snow-ice warning with temperatures of -2c expected overnight.Check local weather & be aware of the conditions before setting out on your journey".

A status yellow snow-ice warning is in place for Ireland.

The warning, for counties Cavan, Monaghan, Donegal, Longford, Leitrim, Mayo and Sligo, came into effect at 4pm.

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Motorists are urged to drive with care in today and tomorrow as a snow and ice warning is put in place for Donegal.

There will be further accumulations of snow over northern counties and over high ground elsewhere.

A general status yellow warning had been issued for the entire country yesterday.

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Forecasters say we're in for bitterly cold conditions until Sunday. "Lowest temperatures -2 to +3 degrees, coldest inland in the north". There will also be a risk of some icy roads and footpaths. High-sided vehicles and motorcyclists are particularly vulnerable to strong winds.

Tomorrow, Friday, will be another cold day with a mix of cloud and sunny spells.

The Met Office has warned of flying debris that could lead to injuries or danger to life, while damage to property is also possible.

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Train services in the north and west of the country have been cancelled, while Traffic Scotland is warning of potential disruptions on the road.

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