Severe weather update
The inter-agency response group on severe weather met this morning. The group reviewed reports from the various agencies regarding issues relating to the severe weather.
reported that there is no sign of the wintry weather abating and last night, air temperatures of between -2 and –9 were recorded at weather stations. There is no sign of a thaw in the coming days and this situation may continue perhaps even until early next week.
Today, much of the country is cold and dry. Weather systems are approaching from the north sea and tonight and tomorrow, east Ulster, the eastern half of Leinster and east Munster are at high risk of sleet and snow showers; with a risk of some significant snowfall in places. The public is reminded that the weather situation is always evolving and to listen to the news and weather forecasts which are updated regularly.
All local authorities are treating roads on a prioritised road basis. The NRA
has confirmed that adequate salt stocks are in place nationally and are being distributed as required to local authorities. The most critical roads within the road network are being treated on a daily basis
. These roads account for approximately 60% of all traffic (including key public transport routes
) and 80% of all commercial traffic
Public transport services continue to operate but there are curtailments on some Bus Eireann
routes and Dublin Bus
routes. Irish Rail
services are fully operational. Airports and sea ports are also operational. Anyone wishing to travel, should check with their service provider directly. Further information is available from www.transport.ie
Members of the public are reminded by the Gardai
and the RSA
to avoid unnecessary travel and to take public transport where possible. Safety advice for road users during severe weather is available from the RSA directly at www.rsa.ie
Latest advice on traffic is available from AA Roadwatch or through www.transport.ie
Decisions in relation to school opening/closings are a matter for local school management who are empowered to make decisions based on local circumstances. The Department of Education and Skills encourages schools to co-ordinate with each other regarding openings/closures.
The response group will receive daily reports from all agencies and Departments on the evolving situation regarding the severe weather.