Last updated – Saturday, March 3rd, 2018, at 12:40 pm
Status Orange, Yellow warnings in place.
A gradual thaw is expected as Met Éireann has downgraded its Status Red weather warning to Orange for Munster, Leinster, Cavan and Monaghan.
Wicklow County Council crews are continuing to clear snow and grit roads in an effort to reopen all routes. However, the council said it is a slow process and it may take some time before all roads are clear and safe so please be patient.
There is widespread transport disruption. Gardaí urge people not to take unnecessary journeys.
Warning updates will be issued in due course. Latest information here: http://bit.ly/1kqplkf.
Please listen to local media/social media for updates on the weather conditions and associated warnings.
This weather system, which has been nicknamed the “Beast from the East”, is expected to bring freezing temperatures and heavy snow, in particular to the east and southeast of the country this week (w/c Monday, 26th February 2018).
Daytime temperatures in Dublin by midweek are forecast to dip to 0C.
For some practical advice on how to drive during severe weather please see the @RSAIreland‘s website http://rsa.ie/RSA/Road-Safety/Campaigns/Current-road-safety-campaigns/Severe-Weather-Advice/.
During the cold snap this week please check up on elderly neighbours and family members and making sure they’re well and warm.
Be winter ready
Through a dedicated website www.winterready.ie, advice is being made available from a number of sources including Government Departments, An Garda Síochána, the Health Service Executive, Local Authorities and the transport providers. The advice has been categorised under various headings including the Home, Road Safety, Schools, the Farming Community and the Business Sector.
The main objectives of the ‘Be Winter-Ready’ campaign are:
- To provide practical advice on how best to prepare for the coming winter.
- To ensure the public is aware of where advice and help can be found if needed.
- To reassure the public that preparations are being made and arrangements have been put in place to ensure that there will be a coordinated response to severe weather events.
The Office of Emergency Planning will be tweeting during the winter period to augment the ‘Be Winter Ready’ campaign. The twitter account can be followed on @emergencyIE and the public are being encouraged to join in the conversation at #bewinterready.