Gardaí have issued this warning ahead of tonight's expected snowfall 2 years ago

Gardaí have issued this warning ahead of tonight's expected snowfall

An Garda Síochána have issued the following warning.

With Ireland set to be covered in snow overnight, with accumulations not seen in many parts of the country since 2010, An Garda Síochána have issued the following warning.

This is the warning in full:

Met Eireann have issued an Orange weather warning for counties in Connacht, Ulster and Leinster and is valid from tonight Saturday 9th December, 2017 at 23:00 to Sunday 10th December, 2017 at 23:00.

People living in areas where an Orange level weather warning has been issued should exercise extreme caution when travelling and avoid unnecessary journeys. There has already been falls of snow in parts of the country with more forecast and motorists are asked to heed the changing conditions.

Drivers should be aware that it takes longer to stop a vehicle on an icy road so slow down and allow extra distance between you and the vehicle in front.

Motorists should clear the windows and mirrors of your vehicles before you set off on your journey and carry a screen scraper and de-icer. Do not use hot water on the windscreen as it can crack the glass.

Ensure you remove ALL snow from your vehicle before commencing your journey as snow left on the roof will become loose and can drop onto the windscreen during braking, causing severe restriction to your vision. It can also fall off during your drive and cause injury to pedestrians or a reflex action by another driver.

Assistant Commissioner Michael Finn, Roads Policing, said: "Please be aware that visibility is reduced in snowy conditions so drive slowly if you need to make a journey. Allow extra distance between you and the vehicle in front. Motorcyclists/Cyclists should not comprise their safety by their 'need' to travel in icy/snowy conditions. Be safe".

Please listen to local media/social media for updates on the status of the weather warnings and/or advice issued by the emergency services. Please heed this advice.