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
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.
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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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