Saturday 21 October 2017

Nationwide weather warning: Snow ploughs deployed, multiple collisions on roads and thousands affected by power cuts

  • Rainfall warning now in place after snow and ice warning
  • South of country worst affected by snow and ice overnight
  • Snow ploughs deployed on motorways and primary routes
  • Thousands affected by power cuts
  • Multiple collisions on roads

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Denise Calnan and Ralph Riegel

A rainfall weather warning is now in place following a 24-hour nationwide snow and ice warning.

Motorists faced snow, ice, excess water and flooding on the country's roads this morning.

According to Met Eireann, rain, sleet and snow will continue across parts of Leinster, Munster and east Ulster today.

North Cork and Tipperary have been described as the worst-hit by snow overnight and this morning, with snow plough trucks deployed to keep motorways and primary routes clear.

A rainfall warning in counties Dublin, Louth and Wicklow will remain valid until 7am tomorrow.

Thousands of customers are affected by a number of power faults in Donegal, Kilkenny, Tipperary, Athlone, Portlaoise, Abbeyleix, Cashel and parts of Cork and Dublin.

ESB crews are currently working to resolve the issues.

The ESB are keeping customers up to date on their official Twitter account; "We have some large faults in parts of the country this morning,apologies for the inconvenience."

Snow

Snow and sleet made driving conditions hazardous across Munster with motorists urged to allow extra time for journeys given the treacherous conditions.

Heavy snow hit south Tipperary, north Cork, south Limerick and west Cork overnight.

Worst hit were roads around the Galtee Mountains on the Cork-Tipperary border.

More than two inches of snow fell in some cases with roads around Galbally and Mitchelstown described as particularly treacherous despite heavy gritting by councils.

In north Cork, heavy snow also hit Watergrasshill where it was still snowing at 8am.

In some areas, the cold snap resulted in snow and slash freezing and turning to black ice.

Given the freezing conditions, people were also urged to check on their elderly neighbours, particularly those living in rural areas.

Snow also fell on higher ground across Cork city with roads in Gurranabraher, Maryborough, Frankfield and Hollyhill worst impacted.

Met Eireann forecaster Joan Blackburn told RTE Radio One's Morning Ireland that we are in for milder weather this weekend.

"There are very wintry conditions this morning and the yellow warning remains in operation.

"There is also a rainfall warning for parts of the east coast.

"But it will be a lot more mild and settled for the weekend.

"This morning, there is further snow falling and lying in places so take care."

Travel

Gardaí and AA Roadwatch warned motorists to be cautious on the roads and reported some roads to be "treacherous" today.

They advised drivers to leave plenty of time to reach their destination.

Road conditions are so bad in south Tipperary that trucks with special bladed ploughs were deployed to keep motorways and primary routes clear.

Some roads in south Limerick, by the Galtee Mountains, were closed for safety reasons.

Traffic was at a crawling pace in north Cork, south Tipperary and Limerick during rush hour as motorists slow down to manage the extreme conditions.

There was also snow reported on the roads around Thurles, Clonmel, Drogheda and parts of Sligo.

The Lismore/Clogheen Rd (R668) was deemed impassable near the Vee at Bohernagore due to snowy conditions, according to AA Roadwatch.   

Meanwhile, gardaí reported excess surface water as an issue on the Duleek/Drogheda Rd (R152) & Kentstown/Navan Rd (R153).

In Louth, there is flooding outside Drogheda on the N51 Slane Rd near Townley Hall, while in Tipperary slush has been reported on the roads.

In Meath, flooding is reported at the bridge outside Rathfeigh on the Burtonstown Road. AA Roadwatch said it is passable but care is needed.

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