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17th Dec 2019

Rainfall warning issued for eight counties as risk of black ice remains

Darragh Murphy

A rainfall warning has been issued

Met Eireann have issued a Status Yellow rainfall warning for eight counties.

Fresh from the snow/ice warning issued over the weekend, Met Eireann have now issued a rainfall warning for Carlow, Kilkenny, Wexford, Wicklow, Cork, Kerry, Tipperary and Waterford.

“Heavy rain will push northeastwards on Wednesday with rainfall accumulations of 30-40mm expected with the risk of localised flooding,” a spokesperson for the national forecaster said.

The rainfall warning was issued at 10am on Tuesday morning and comes into effect at 4am on Wednesday morning, lasting until 7pm that night.

With temperatures set to drop to -2 degrees overnight in parts of Ireland, it bears reminding to be careful on the roads.

While Met Eireann have not mentioned the potential for black ice in their national forecast, Alan O’Reilly from Carlow Weather has warned motorists to exercise caution as roads may appear wet from the rain, when they could actually be coated in black ice.

He tweeted: “Multiple reports of accidents due to icy conditions around Kilkenny.

“Please take care as roads and paths may look wet but they are covered in black ice.”

Elsewhere a wind warning is in place for the entire country from midday on Wednesday, with “southeast winds, later veering southerly will gust 90-110km/h on Wednesday, strongest in coastal areas.”