Local Authority’s warn of further freezing temperatures

Date Published : December 10th, 2017    Published By : admin

The public is being warned that further heavy falls of snow and freezing temperatures are set to plummet to -8c tonight as council crews continue to treat many roads and deal with weather related issues.

Met Éireann has an Orange weather warning in place in many parts of Leinster and Munster until 11pm tonight as ‘significant falls of snow which fell last night’ is not all over yet while a Status Yellow snow-ice warning is in place for counties Wexford, Clare, Kerry, Limerick and Waterford.

The N80 Carlow/Rosslare Road, Carlow Town. Photo: @DeclanTKeogh

Heavy snow has affected many parts of the country, the worst affected areas are counties Carlow, Kilkenny, Laois, Offaly, Tipperary, Kildare, Wicklow, Longford, Roscommon, Meath, Westmeath Galway and Mayo.

There are reports from Limerick that many areas are being flooded.

Local Authority personnel have been in operation treating roads overnight and dealing with numerous other snow related issues throughout the day.

Gardaí have said that many people seem to have heeded their warnings and stayed off the roads, however, gardaí say once the orange weather warning remains in place, people should continue to take extra care and stay off the roads.

Carlow Garda Station sign. (Photo: Emergencytimes.ie @emergencytimes)

In County Mayo, many roads were impassable earlier, affecting roads in Claremorris, Crossmolina and Westport.

Kilkenny County Council has said ‘slippery and treacherous conditions are expected. In addition to snow, there will be significant surface water and flooding on many roads including main roads.’

In Kildare, the council’s Severe Weather Assessment Team met at 10am this morning at Kildare County Council offices in Naas. In a statement, Kildare County Council has said that all mitigated measures are in place for the deployment of local resources and that the fire service and civil defence remain on standby.’ The council has asked the public to check on vulnerable neighbours to ensure their safety.

Winter Maintenance crews in Offaly. Pic: Courtesy Offaly County Council

Offaly County Council Winter Maintenance crews have been in operation throughout the night, salting and gritting many of the counties roads affected by the weather. The council is dealing with reports of flooding in the village of Moneygall, and the road between Kinnitty and Roscrea road has been close, north of Roscomroe, due to flooding. The council is urging people to avoid unnecessary journeys, and those who must travel should use the designated routes which are salted.

Offaly Salting Route. Pic: (Courtesy Offaly County Council)

In County Leitrim, there are reports of a significant blanket of snow on many secondary roads and black ice has also been reported in many areas. The ‘Leitrim Observer’ is aware of snowfall impacting roads in the Mohill, Carrick-on-Shannon and Carrigallen areas. Roads to Drumlish from Cloone and Carrigallen are also impacted by snowfall and should be negotiated with care.

In Sligo South, approximately 60mm of snow fell overnight. Road crews were deployed late last night and continued again this morning. Sligo County Council has said it is monitoring the situation on an on-going basis and said the main routes in the county will be treated, however, conditions on local roads are likely to be difficult in these conditions.

Main roads in Sligo treated. Pic: (Sligo County Council)

AA Ireland are reporting snowy conditions for roads in Leitrim and Longford this morning. Motorists are reminded that stopping distances are 10 times longer than usual in snow or icy conditions. Allow yourself extra braking distance between your vehicle and the cars in front of you.

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