Saturday 18 November 2017

Weather warning issued for the east as snow and sub-zero temperatures set to continue

Heavy snow in Lucan, Dublin this morning during the morning rush hour. Photo: Collins
Heavy snow in Lucan, Dublin this morning during the morning rush hour. Photo: Collins
Heavy snow in Lucan, Dublin this morning. Photo: Collins
Heavy snow in Lucan, Dublin this morning. Photo: Collins
Heavy snow on the N4 in Lucan, Dublin this morning. Photo: Collins
Snow at Grace Park Avenue. Photo: Colin O'Riordan
Blizzard conditions at O'Connell Bridge. Photo: Colin O'Riordan
Blizzard conditions at Matt Talbot Bridge
Farmer Keith McQuillan carries dead lambs which he found trapped in snow drifts in the Aughafatten area of County Antrim. At least 140,000 homes and businesses in the North were left without power over the weekend following heavy snowfall, causing snowdrifts of up to 5 metres (18 feet).
A Royal Air Force Chinook helicopter, in the Glens of Antrim, which has started dropping feed to thousands of farm animals stranded in huge snow drifts in the North.
Snow and sleet showers are set to continue to fall in the east today.

Met Eireann has warned there will be further snow showers today and tomorrow.

However, it’s not expected that we will experience a white Easter Sunday as temperatures are set to climb slightly.

A snow-ice warning will remain in place for eastern counties until at least 9am tomorrow.

An orange alert, the second highest level of weather warning, is in place for Dublin, Kildare, Louth, Wicklow and Meath where up to 5cm of snow is expected to fall.

Meanwhile up to 3cm of snow is due to fall in Carlow, Kilkenny, Laois, Longford, Wexford, Offaly, Westmeath and Monaghan.

Social Protection Minister Joan Burton announced that she is extending the Fuel Allowance season by one week due to the current cold conditions.

The allowance is paid to 410,000 people and covers 26 weeks from October to April with the final payment usually paid in the first week of April. Recipients will now automatically receive a further payment from the week beginning April 8.

AA Roadwtach said snow was affecting motorists in Leinster early this morning, however the situation was improving.

Met Eireann believe the last of the snow has hit us today.

And although temperatures will only subtly increase before Easter Sunday, it means the chance of the snow making a return over coming days is unlikely.

Met Eireann’s John Eagleton said today they couldn’t rule out further snow flurries this evening.

“But the wind is changing – it’s a north-easterly wind today, which is a bad direction for us.

“Tomorrow the wind will be south-easterly which is good for us. We should be finished with the snow by tomorrow – but we can’t rule out the odd

flurry later tonight.”

Temperatures are expected to climb by one degree each day until Easter Sunday – which means we could have highs of seven degrees early next week.

Meanwhile, AA Roadwatch said the timing of the unseasonal cold snap was fortunate for motorists – it fell during the Easter break for schools throughout the country.

As for tonight and tomorrow morning, AA Roadwatch have warned drivers to beware of frost, ice and black ice.

“Traffic-wise, it was quite busy this morning but it was reasonably okay. People have been lucky with the timing of the snow as the schools are off,” said Arwen Foley.

“We’re advising motorists to stick to the main roads as they are more likely to have been gritted. “Also, look out for black ice and slow down,” she said.

Drivers were urged to take care around Roundwood in Co Wicklow while the Sally Gap and Wicklow Gaps were impassable while snow was also causing problems around Bailieborough in Co Cavan.

Heavy snow showers made driving difficult on the M1 near Drogheda.

There were some delays at Dublin Airport this morning, however there were no cancellations.

There were diversions on some Dublin Bus routes including around Enniskerry, Glencullen and Kilternan.

The Department of Transport and the Road Safety Authority (RSA) urged road users to take care in the wintry weather.

The department said it is closely monitoring the situation and what impact the weather will have on transport systems today and in the coming days.

And as thousands of people are expected to be on the move over the Easter weekend, it reminded the public to monitor weather bulletins when travelling and to heed the advice of the RSA and the gardai.


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