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No big freeze on way, but we're ready for winter

PACK away the snow boots – Met Eireann is not expecting a big freeze this year.

But the organisation has urged people to prepare for storms and icy conditions.

And the Government has said that 210,000 tonnes of salt will be in place to treat roads – almost double the amount used in the bad winter of 2010.

Justice Minister Alan Shatter and Environment Minister Phil Hogan joined officials from the HSE, Road Safety Authority, National Roads Authority, gardai and Met Eireann to put in place plans to cope with the worst of the colder conditions.

The Office of Emergency Planning will be posting Twitter updates throughout the winter period to support the Be Winter Ready campaign.

Mr Shatter said that severe weather events were not commonplace in the country, but that information would be available on the dedicated website www.winterready.ie, via Aertel page 592 and on twitter @emergencyIE.

"Substantial stocks of salt are already in storage in the country for immediate use to treat roads and these will increase to 210,000 tonnes by mid-December," Mr Shatter added.



"The central message of this campaign remains the same as in previous years – that is, to simply encourage people to be prepared, to stay safe, but also to know where to find help if you need it."

Met Eireann's Gerard Fleming said he didn't expect a repeat of the sub-zero conditions that ground the country to a halt in recent years.

"We have no reason to believe it will be particularly severe," he added.