Arctic conditions hit North West

Road conditions are in a treacherous condition throughout the north west. There has been a slight thaw in some parts this afternoon, but overall things are expected to get worse again as evening and night approaches.

Coldest areas in Donegal were in Inishowen, Barnesmore Gap, Killygordan, Lough Mourne and Bundoran. Barnesmore Gap is impassable. The latter was recording an air temperature of -5.9 degrees celsius at 8am and it was similarly cold in parts of Sligo and Leitrim.

Parents/guardians of children using school transport services are advised that due to bad weather conditions in some parts of the country there may be disruption to services over the next week.

Parents/guardians are advised to consult with national and local information resources in relation to road conditions in their local area, which may determine whether a particular service can operate.

Parents/guardians can also contact their local school transport office from Monday (November 29th 2010) morning to check on the status of the relevant service during this period of inclement weather.

The vast majority of Bus Eireann services around the country are operating as per normal.

Due to weather conditions in the east, some Bus Eireann services operating in that part of the country are experiencing delays and disruption.

*CONNAUGHT* *N17/SLIGO/GALWAY* Extremely icy on the N17 Galway/Sligo Rd between Tubbercurry and Tuam. *N4/SLIGO* Treacherous on the N4 at Collooney. * Very slippery in Grange & Ballymote. *GALWAY* Icy on the Coast Rd at the Dublin Rd jct in Galway City. *LEITRIM* Very icy in Carrick-On-Shannon & Manorhamilton, particularly the Manorhamilton/Kinlough Rd (R280). *MAYO* Snow & ice in Westport, Castlebar, along the N5/Dublin Rd at Swinford & through Claremorris.

*ULSTER* Very icy conditions in Cavan, Donegal & secondary routes in Monaghan. *N15/DONEGAL* The N15/Donegal/Ballybofey Rd is impassable at Barnesmore Gap due to treacherous road conditions.

*DUBLIN AIRPORT* * Expect delays to the flight schedule today due to snowy conditions. • Aer Lingus flight EI603 due from Amsterdam at 10.10 has been delayed until 11.17. • Ryanair flight FR813A due from Glasgow PIK at 10.25 has been delayed until 14.35. • Aer Lingus flight EI3253 due from Edinburgh at 10.50 has been cancelled. • Aer Lingus flight EI155 due from London-LHR at 11.15 has been cancelled. • Ryanair flight FR817 due from Edinburgh at 13.45 has been delayed until 16.50.

*CORK AIRPORT* * There are no major delays or cancellations for flights into Cork Airport. *SHANNON AIRPORT* * There are no major delays or cancellations for flights into Shannon Airport.

*IRELAND WEST AIRPORT* * There are no major delays or cancellations for flights into Ireland West Airport.