Dublin airport shuts runway twice due to snow
Published 02/12/2010 | 14:46
Dublin Airport was twice forced to shut its runway today because of heavy snow.
Concerns over ice and the continuing big freeze left all flights grounded with teams working to clear landing strips, taxiways and apron areas used by planes.
A spokeswoman for the airport said operations would be subject to favourable weather conditions.
It is thought about 100 flights will be affected by the closure with runaway clearance and de-icing expected to take about four hours.
Passengers intending to travel from Dublin were advised to check with their airline's website before coming to the airport.
Meanwhile, commuters were warned of treacherous conditions with some of the worst roads in Leinster and the east of the country after more fresh snowfalls.
Temperatures had been forecast to creep up to 4C in some places today but snow showers again swept in from the east coast and the freeze may dip as low as minus 11C tonight.
Kildare, Wexford, Wicklow and Carlow were said to have been hit by the worst snow.
AA Roadwatch warned motorists of compacted and fresh snow in Leinster and the south east and black ice in Munster and Connaught.
Bus Eireann and Dublin Bus pledged to operate as many services as possible but accepted some routes would have to be scaled back while others faced delays.
Iarnrod Eireann and Luas said full services would be operating across the networks.
Met Eireann warned of more sleet and snow but showers over east Leinster and parts of east Munster will become confined to coastal counties by early afternoon.
The Defence Forces said it had 150 troops using 45 off-road vehicles to help authorities around the country.
A team helped in the recovery of an ambulance stranded in icy conditions in Dundalk, Co Louth.
Units were also dispatched to de-ice and grit roads and footpaths in the town and in Drogheda, Newbridge, Kildare and Naas, while a number of soldiers have begun training on spreader vehicles to help over-stretched councils.
Another 50 troops have been deployed around the country to transport medical staff and medicines to isolated patients.