Saturday 21 July 2018

Department of Education 'monitoring' situation as 'significant snow' predicted

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Sean Nolan

The Department of Education have said today that they will continue to monitor the situation ahead of what Met Eireann describe as 'significant snowfall'.

Ireland is braced for the arrival of a front of Arctic weather followed closely by Storm Emma.

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The combination of these two events has led to three weather warnings being issued by Met Eireann, with the highest so far being a Status Orange Snow-ice warning for Dublin, Carlow, Kildare, Laois, Louth, Wicklow and Meath.

It runs from 3pm today until 11am on Wednesday with snow expected to lead to four to six centimetre accumulations. Widespread snow and ice is also expected.

Many parents and teachers have been anxious to hear if the weather will become severe enough for schools and creches to be closed.

For that to happen on a large scale it would take a Status Red warning to be issued.

A Status Red warning was last issued during Storm Ophelia in October, 2017.

The Department of Education ordered all schools and colleges to close as a safety precaution.

At today's National Emergency Coordination Group (NECG) briefing Met Eireann's Evelyn Cusack said that it may be this time tomorrow before they will have information to consider what level of weather warning to issue for later in the week.

However, Met Eireann's Joanna Donnelly said in their latest bulletin on Radio 1 that 'significant snow' with heavy falls is forecast for Thursday evening and night.

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