WEATHER: Huge temperature drop and freezing night in store in Kildare as county avoids worst of snowfall

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WEATHER: Another freezing night in store in Kildare as county avoids worst of snowfall

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Kildare is set for another extremely cold night tonight, even after the Lilywhite county avoided the worst of the snow which blanketed some parts of the midlands last night.

The temperature could drop as low as -6 degrees in some parts of the county by 5am tomorrow morning, according to Met Eireann. Motorists undertaking early morning journeys should be wary of icy roads.

Daytime temperatures will rise to a high of 3 degrees tomorrow, and it will be partially cloudy. 

Met Eireann has issued a Status Orange low temperature warning for the entire country tonight, predicting extremely low temperatures tonight with severe frost, ice and lying snow; lowest temperatures of -2 to -8 degrees, coldest in east Connacht, Leinster and Ulster, with slippery paths and treacherous roads also due to snow accumulation and ice.

Snow fell across Kildare in the early hours of this morning, but had mostly turned to slush and sleet by mid-morning. This is due to clear by early tonight, with severe ice and frost following.

However, conditions were worse today in the south of the county, with Gardai warning earlier that M9 Dublin/Waterford Road was particularly bad at J4 Castledermot, due to snow.

Racing at Punchestown went ahead today after an early morning inspection. However, county club football champions Moorefield must wait another week to take on St Loman's of Westmeath in the Leinster Club SFC final after the match was called off this morning due to conditions at O'Moore Park, Portlaoise, where the game was due to be held.