Avalanche Alert Issued for Ireland | Higher Temperatures and Thawing to Create Dangerous Conditions | Public Warned to Avoid Wicklow Mountains

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The stunning Wicklow Mountains, Ireland. Credit: theculturetrip.com

The public in Ireland have been warned to avoid the Wicklow Mountains this weekend due to an avalanche alert, reports the Irish Post.

Yep, you heard that right. Ireland. Metalert Ireland last night issued a severe climber/hiker warning as higher temperatures will expedite the thawing process and lead to potentially dangerous conditions in upland areas.

ireland, avalanche, wicklow mountainsGardaĆ­ and the Dublin Wicklow and Glen of Imaal Mountain Rescue are urging motorists to keep away from the region as vehicles continue to block access for their teams. The Sally Gap is completely impassable due to snow, they added.

An avalanche alert remains in place this week and weekend and the risk will continue well into next week. Extremely deep snow drifts remain in areas above 400m, with a risk of flooding downstream and downriver. Coillte have also advised the public that a number of car parks and recreational areas are closed as they are inaccessible due to snow and are likely to remain closed for some time.

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