Thursday 26 April 2018

Cold snap latest: School buses will not run if Status Red warning issued

The national forecaster has said a Red Alert is likely later in the week as conditions deteriorate

Children build a snowman in the Killakee area of the Dublin mountains. Photo: Niall Carson/PA Wire
Children build a snowman in the Killakee area of the Dublin mountains. Photo: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Ian Begley and Catherine Devine

School buses will not run in the event of a Status Red warning Bus Éireann has confirmed.

Speaking after a meeting of the National Emergency Co-ordination Group (NECG) today the company confirmed that if Met Éireann issues a Status Red warning in the coming days due to Storm Emma school bus services will be cancelled.

Met Éireann has indicated a Status Red warning is likely to be issued later in the week as Ireland faces the worst of a Siberian cold front.

Temperatures will plunge to as low as -10C this week as a vast weather front from the Russian Arctic, dubbed the ‘Beast from the East’, sweeps across Ireland.

The front is set to sweep over Ireland with snow, ice, sleet showers and temperatures as low as -10C – but a wind chill factor will make it feel even colder.

The Department of Education said schools would be monitored daily as snow sweeps across the country.

“In the event of a Status Red warning, decisions are made locally on closures. But the department will follow any advice from the National Emergency Co-ordination Group,” a spokesperson said.

Conditions are expected to be similar to that of the 2010 and 1982 cold snaps.

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