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Wednesday 21 February 2018

Travellers face more delays amid snow chaos

An Aer Lingus aircraft taxis through the snow on the runway at Dublin airport. Photo: PA
An Aer Lingus aircraft taxis through the snow on the runway at Dublin airport. Photo: PA
Pedestrians in Dublin city struggle through a snow shower
The River Erne in Belturbet, Co Cavan
Caiman Mangan (14) from Killarney, Co Kerry, having fun in the snow at Killarney Golf Club
The Mooney family – Faye (10), Ella (7) Jake (13) and Alex (5) – braved the elements yesterday as they made their way home via the Boardwalk in Dublin city centre
Council workers spread grit on a treacherous hill in Collooney, Co Sligo
A horse with frozen whiskers braves the cold at Butlersbridge in Co Cavan yesterday

Commuters and air travellers were facing further delays today as the extreme weather threatened more havoc on the country's transport system.

Forecasters said heavy snow showers - as much as 12cm in some areas - were expected again in Munster, Connacht and Leinster along with severe frost, ice and fog.

Scattered snow is also predicted for north and west Ulster, Met Eireann cautioned in its latest severe weather warning.

Dublin Airport said it was fully operational after crews worked through the night to clear runways but disruption could be expected if the weather deteriorates once more.

Passengers were advised to contact their airline or consult its website before travelling to the airport.

Bus Eireann warned of cancelled services between Dublin and Derry as well as Limerick and Galway while delays would hit several other services.

While some delays were expected on the railways, Iarnrod Eireann said full services were continuing on Intercity, DART and Commuter routes.

Dublin Bus said the weather was causing diversions and curtailments on a number of services while slow traffic would impact further on journey times.

Temperatures plummeted as low as minus 14.4C in Ballyhaise in Co Cavan overnight.

Commuters in the east of the country faced travel misery yesterday evening as heavy snow brought parts of the roads network in Dublin to a virtual standstill.

Many were delayed for hours with reports of some motorists abandoning their cars as areas in the south of the capital ground to a halt.

Dublin Airport was forced to close for the evening.

The National Roads Authority (NRA) said it has 8,000 tonnes of salt left, with 2,000 tonnes used on average each day.

Some 4,000 tonnes are due to arrive tomorrow for spreading on Thursday and fresh supplies every two to three days from then on, bringing reserves up to 25,000 tonnes by Christmas week.

Press Association

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