Storm Freya causes travel disruption amid weather warnings


Snow and sleet has caused travel disruption in Ireland amid a number of weather warnings.

A yellow warning for snow and ice has been issued by Met Eireann for all of Leinster and Co Tipperary. It is in place until 8am on Monday.

There was a similar status of warning for heavy rain in Leinster and Munster during Sunday morning and afternoon as Storm Freya hit the southern half of the island.

The AA urged caution on the roads, particularly on higher ground.

The organisation reported bad driving conditions in counties Kildare, Tipperary and Laois.

“Driving conditions are extremely poor on the M7 and M8 with snow and ice on the road,” it said.

“Snowfall is also affecting visibility. Gardai advise road users to avoid using these stretches of road if possible.”

A yellow warning for snow and ice has been issued by Met Eireann (Niall Carson/PA)

There were also reports of hazardous conditions in Cork, Kerry and Wicklow.

Storm Freya is also set to cause disruption in the UK, with forecasters warning of 80mph winds in parts of England and Wales on Sunday.

The Met Office issued a severe weather warning, which ran from 3pm on Sunday to 6am on Monday.

Forecasters predicted the storm would be severe enough to risk injuries and danger to life from flying debris and large waves.

The Met Office said there could also be damage to buildings and trees, with road hazards and power cuts possible.

It is warning people to be aware of possible hazards including tiles being blown from roofs, fallen branches, and beach material being thrown on to sea fronts and coastal roads.

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