Motorists are urged to drive with care in today and tomorrow as a snow and ice warning is put in place for Donegal. A status yellow snow and ice warning has been put in place for Donegal later today.
“Scattered showers will occur later on Thursday, Thursday night and into Friday. Slight to moderate accumulations are possible with up to 3cm in parts. Icy stretches too. North and North West counties will be most at risk, as well as higher ground elsewhere.” Met Eireann said.
The warning is valid for 24 hours from 4pm today.
This follows a wind warning which has been put in place until this evening at 8pm. A status yellow wind warning will also be hitting Donegal, as well as other Western counties including Galway, Leitrim, Mayo, Sligo, Clare and Kerry.
In the same week that Met Éireann has predicted snowfall and icy roads in some parts of the country, new research by Liberty Insurance suggests nearly three in four Irish drivers (74%) do not feel confident when driving in poor weather conditions.
Conducted by RED C Research among 724 drivers, the survey found that ice on the roads and snow have the strongest negative impact on confidence amongst drivers: less than half (43%) of all drivers are confident driving in snow, while just over a third (35%) feel confident operating their vehicle with ice on the roads.
Commenting on the research, Deirdre Ashe, Director of Personal Lines at Liberty Insurance, said: “Our research reveals that as a country, we currently lack confidence in our driving abilities in adverse weather conditions.
“This nervousness in driving in poor weather becomes all the more concerning in light of the anticipated freezing weather conditions later in the week. The Met Office is predicting temperatures to fall to between -2C and 1C from Thursday onward. This means icy roads, particularly in the north and west of the country. We are therefore calling on all drivers to be aware of their surroundings especially in adverse or wintry weather conditions and exercise their best judgement when travelling.”