MULTIPLE crashes have occurred around Dublin this morning leading to travel chaos with icy road conditions wreaking havoc for commuters.
There are long delays on the N7 and the M50 due to separate incidents which have left lanes blocked causing long delays.
Elsewhere in the capital, a crash is blocking the bus lane on the Drumcondra road close to the Clonliffe road junction leading to heavy congestion.
A spokesperson for the AA Roadwatch: “There are long delays on the N7 inbound from J5 Athgoe to the Red Cow Interchange, where an incident is blocking the left lane.
“The M1 is quite slow southbound from J7 Julianstown to J6 Balbriggan, and further along passing J3 Swords.
“A crash is blocking the right lane and partially blocking the bus lane on the Drumcondra Rd outbound just after the Clonliffe Rd junction and there are some delays on approach.
“Heading in the other direction there are the usual delays on this route between Collins Ave and the NCR.
“There’s a collision on the M50 northbound between J6 Blanchardstown and J5 Finglas, blocking the right lane and causing some delays on approach. Southbound then it’s slow from J4 Ballymun past J6.”
Elsewhere, Gardai have confirmed O’Connell Bridge has been closed from South Quay to North Quay as emergency services deal with an incident.
A spokesperson said: “O’Connell Bridge closed from South Quay to North Quay due to an ongoing incident. Emergency services are en route. O’Connell Bridge from North Quay to South Quay remains open.”
A snow and ice warning was put in place by Met Eireann over the weekend for 22 counties that remains in place until 8 am this morning.
The warning reads: “Heavy rain will turn to sleet and snow today.
“Much of the snow will be above 300 metres with just a local dusting of snow at lower levels.
“Wet and slushy roads are likely to become icy in places overnight as temperatures drop below freezing.”
Temperatures are set to rise over the next few days as the mercury rises to as high as 8C – but rain and “isolated thunderstorms” will affect some places.
A spokesperson for the national forecaster said: “Cold today. Frost, fog and lying snow in places at first.
“Sunny spells in eastern areas early this morning, but occasional heavy rain and hail showers in western counties will become widespread during the morning, some snow on the higher ground of the west and north with isolated thunderstorms.
“Highest temperatures of 4 to 8 degrees Celsius, in moderate to fresh west to southwest winds.”