Offaly wakes up to blanket of snow and treacherous road conditions

Justin Kelly

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Parts of Offaly are waking up to a blanket of snow while motorists can expect treacherous driving conditions across the country. 

Snow fell in the north and east of the county overnight with Edenderry, pictured above, receiving a light dusting and heavy frost early on Wednesday morning.

Gardaí and the RSA are also warning of dangerous driving conditions across the country. They are advising that braking distances double in icy conditions. 

The west and north of the country have been worst affected by Tuesday night's snow but Met Éireann is forecasting more widespread snow and sleet on Thursday. 

A yellow warning remains in place until Saturday at 12pm although the national forecaster is expected to update the warning on Wednesday morning.

There are currently a number of incidents on the roads this morning including on the M7 which is closed northbound after J27 Birdhill following a multi-vehicle collision. 

Frost and ice is set to persist over the coming days with daytime temperatures struggling to exceed 5 degrees.