RECENT hazardous driving conditions in Clare are likely to be a factor for much of the Christmas period.
Temperatures in the county are predicted to plunge as low as –3 on Christmas Eve.
Freezing conditions will result in extended times for car journeys within the county and throughout the mid-west.
On Monday of this week, many of the county’s roads were in a treacherous condition with several roads only passable at very low speeds.
Two trucks skidded on ice in Ennis on Monday, causing delays near the Woodstock Hotel and on the stretch between Lees Road and the Galway Road.
The Kilrush to Ennis Road was very icy on Monday, while roads around Miltown Malbay were also in a dangerous condition.
Some of the worst affected roads in East Clare this week included the Tulla to Scariff and Scariff to Killaloe roads.
Broadford to Bridgetown along with the Clonlara to Killaloe road, were also sheeted in ice on Monday morning and are expected to be equally hazardous for much of this week.
According to Met Éireann, freezing weather will continue up to Christmas Day when it looks like turning considerably milder.
However, with calm conditions prevailing, freezing fog is a continued hazard as well as widespread icing. Met Éireann however predict that it will rain on St Stephen’s Day.