The Donegal Mountain Rescue Team has pleaded with drivers to use alternative routes if ‘Road Blocked’ signs are in place during the cold snap.
It follows another incident in the Lough Salt area overnight when motorists became stranded in their cars.
The team were called out at 6.31pm last night and had to escort the stranded motorists to safety, not returning to base until 9.24pm.
A spokesperson for DMRT said that while they understand it is not always possible, they would ask people to use alternative routes.
“However, these are still being ignored by a small few. Can we please ask you to avoid these roads if you can and try to seek an alternative route, if possible, on roads that you know have been gritted. These routes should be available to view on the Council website.
“We understand that this is not always possible and it is extremely difficult to travel at the moment. Our county is made up of so many small and winding roads that are an essential part of many peoples journey.
“Yet, if there is an alternate route, even if it may be slightly longer, do consider taking that road to avoid any issues with becoming stranded or needing assistance.”
The spokesperson added that people should also be prepared if making journeys in the current difficult weather.
“It is good practice in these times to keep supplies in your car. One or two warm blankets, or a thick sleeping bag, are essential, as well as a torch, water, some snacks, and a flask of warm water or tea if possible.
“Be careful and be safe. Thank you for your understanding and again, for all your comments full of support and encouragement for the team.”
The spokesperson said “An Garda Síochána have stated that ‘Road Blocked’ signs have been put in place for these treacherous roads.