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Sally Gap closed to traffic

Motorists are being advised to keep away from the Sally Gap during the present winter conditions.

Gardai and the Dublin-Wicklow Mountain Rescue have evacuated a number of stranded motorists this evening, bringing them to safety in mountain rescue 4×4 vehicles. While local towing companies rescued a number of stranded motorists in the Lough Tay area earlier today.

Cars stranded at Lough Tay on Sunday (Pic.Kelly Recovery)

Cars stranded at Lough Tay on Sunday (Pic.Kelly Recovery)

Falls of snow today and icy conditions have left the area impassable.

Gardai are advising motorists to use an alternative route.

Forecast

Further showers overnight. Again some will be wintry, especially on higher ground, but at lowers levels also, mainly in northern parts. The showers will become isolated by morning. Breezy or windy for a time with fresh to strong and gusty southwest winds developing widely. Winds will moderate towards morning and it will become cold. Lows of zero and minus 3 Celsius with a sharp to severe frost and ice on untreated surfaces.

Forecast for Monday

Tomorrow, Monday, will start cold and frosty with icy stretches. The day with be largely dry with sunny spells and isolated showers. Afternoon highs of 3 to 6 Celsius generally in light to moderate southwest breezes but milder near the south coast.

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