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Thursday 17 April 2014

Blizzard conditions to cause widespread travel disruption

A snow plough clears the heavy snowfall near Wicklow Gap in the Dublin Wicklow Mountains this morning. Photo: Collins

Several flights in and out of Ireland have been cancelled, with forecast blizzard conditions threatening to wreak widespread travel disruption.

Motorists have been warned to take extreme care amid hazardous conditions as snowfall of up to 10cm is predicted in some parts of the country. Parts of Wicklow and Meath were impassable, the AA cautioned.



With gale force winds, rain, sleet and hail expected over the weekend, Irish Rail said it was monitoring parts of its network which are at risk from flooding.



As winter tightens its grip, Met Eireann issued a severe weather warning of sleet or snow over the northern half of Leinster, Ulster and north Connaught as well as higher ground in Dublin and Wicklow.



Blizzard conditions are expected in some parts of the country throughout the day.



Aer Lingus was forced to cancel at least 16 flights between Ireland and the UK, as heavy snowfall across the Irish Sea hit airports in London, Bristol, Cardiff and Bournemouth. Ryanair has also axed a number of services.



Air passengers planning to travel over the coming days have been urged to check their flight is going ahead before leaving home.

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