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  • From tonight temperatures are set to plummet across the country.

    A chilly blast of air from Siberia mean it could be the coldest February week for eight years.

    Snow is forecast from Tuesday in some parts and expected to last until Friday.

    The AA's Barry Aldworth is urging motorists to take extra care

  • Ireland is bracing itself for another cold snap as high pressure over Scandinavia continues to influence our weather for the next few days.

    The freezing winds from Scandinavia and Siberia, dubbed the 'Beast from the East', will bring "exceptionally cold" weather to Ireland, with mostly dry conditions at first with wintry showers becoming widespread next week.

    However, the East Coast of the country is expected to experience the brunt of it although freezing temperatures are expected along the west of Ireland as well.

    Next week will start with mainly dry conditions with some sunny spells but Met Eireann said it will feel very cold for this time of year with top temperatures of between 5C and 6C.

    It will feel very cold on Monday night with severe frost and the risk of wintry showers along northern and eastern coasts.

    Tuesday will see the weather take a turn for the worst with wintry showers becoming widespread. By Thursday it is likely to be "exceptionally cold" and Met Eireann have warned that daytime temperatures may hover at just above freezing or even below freezing in some places.

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    The country remains under a status yellow snow-ice weather warning until midnight tonight.

    Wintry showers are set to bring up to 3cm of snow in some areas.

    Larger accumulations of snow are expected on higher ground, especially in Ulster and Connacht.

    The AA are advising motorists to slow down and remember that stopping distances are up to ten times longer on icy roads.

  • The Government's Emergency Co-ordination Group for Severe Weather meets later.

    It has been convened after Met Eireann issued a warning on extreme cold weather conditions expected this week.

    Met Éireann is forecasting exceptionally cold weather this week.

    Air and ground temperatures will be 5 to 10 degrees below normal, with significant wind chill and penetrating severe frosts.

    Snow showers, mainly affecting eastern areas tomorrow, will progressively become more widespread and heavier through midweek

    Authorities are warning the weather event is likely to have a significant and disruptive impact.

    The Housing Minister has acted on recommendations from the National Directorate for Fire and Emergency Management in his Department of Housing.

    Eoghan Murphy's convened the National Co-ordination Group for Severe Weather which will meet 10.30 this morning.

    Already steps are being taken so all homeless individuals and rough sleepers have shelter and accommodation

    While Irish Water has mobilised its Crisis Management arrangements.

  • Motorists are being advised of dangerous driving conditions across the region this evening due to snowfall and freezing temperatures.

    Gardai in Ballina say it has been snowing heavily the past couple of hours and conditions are deteriorating, while a similar situation is reported in Claremorris and the surrounding areas.

    There has been significant snowfall in the Roscommon Town area, also on the N5 from Tulsk down to Ballaghaderreen, where driving conditions are reported to be dangerous.

    The N17 between Ballinacarrow to Tubbercurry is now partially blocked due to accidents this evening.

     

     

     

  • A Roscommon TD says he wants answers from TII about what is happening in regards to the gritting of major routes in the county.

    There were very poor driving conditions on many roads in Roscommon this morning following snow overnight, including accidents on the N5 and N4 roads.

    Fianna Fail TD Eugene Murphy told Midwest News that he has received numerous complaints over the condition of some roads in Roscommon over the past number of days, but particularly overnight last night.

    He says Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII) is responsible for telling Roscommon County Council and other local authorities which roads to grit and he wants answers as to why major routes in Roscommon appear not to have been gritted last night.

    Roscommon County Council confirmed that it did not grit roads in the county overnight on the basis of forecasts received from Met Eireann.

  • A national yellow weather alert has been issued for wet and windy weather with a risk of downpours. The warning comes into effect this evening at 5pm until 6am tomorrow (Tuesday) morning.

    Gusts of up to 110km/h are expected in coastal areas. Further build ups of snow are likely in north Connacht and west Ulster.

    Met Éireann says many areas will be mostly dry this morning with some wintry showers and sunny spells.

    Gardai are advising road users to take due caution this morning, as roads are described as hazardous across the region.

    Outbreaks of rain will develop along the Atlantic coast by the evening as winds will strengthen. Temperatures will be between 4-7 degrees.

    Snow and sleet are forecast for tonight before thundery downpours and heavy rain arrives.

    The cold weather will remain through tomorrow as scattered wintry showers continue with some sunny spells.

  • Gardai are warning motorists to exercise caution on the roads this morning.

    While most of the main roads have been gritted, snow and ice in some areas are making driving conditions hazardous.

    Caution is advised especially in the Claremorris area, where secondary roads are described as very icy, also on some secondary routes close to Castlebar and in the Castlerea area where Gardai say road conditions are very poor.

    Temperatures remain low across the region, so care is advised.  

  • Gardai are warning of dangerous driving conditions this morning due to snow and ice in many parts of the region.

    Gardai say conditions in the Ballina, Claremorris and Castlerea areas are especially slippery, while side roads in those areas are very dangerous.

    There has been a fresh fall of snow in Castlebar this morning too.

    There is frost in places around Bangor this morning also.

    Gardai are dealing with a collision on the Tuam Rd southbound between Milltown and Tuam at Castletown. Take care along this route; conditions are slippery due to snow.

    There are also icy conditions around Roscommon Town.

  • Ice is affecting driving conditions and causing long delays - up to 2 hours - on the N17 at Achonry north of Tubbercurry. Gardai are advising motorists to avoid the area if at all possible.

  • Head of Communications at Mayo County Council, Martina Hughes has issued an update following a local crisis management team meeting earlier today. 

    Following snow overnight in much of the county, Mayo County Council gritting teams have been out since early morning dealing with main roads and priority routes across the County. 

    While main routes are treated they are encouraging the public to exercise caution on secondary routes that are not gritted. 

    Mayo County Council is monitoring weather conditions in the North Mayo area where significant snow fall overnight has left many sideroads in a challenging condition.  

    Again the message for the public in that particular area is to exercise caution. 

    The emergency contact numbers for specific area offices are listed on the Mayo County Council website.   Further updates from Mayo County Council will be posted across our social media channels.

  • Met Eireann has issued a Status Red Snow-Ice Alert for the five counties of Dublin, Kildare, Louth, Meath and Wicklow.

    As is the case with a red weather warning, schools in those counties are likely to close today and remain closed until the warning is lifted.

    Forecasters say total snowfall up to mid-day tomorrow could reach 25 cm ,while a status orange warning has been extended to Cork, Waterford and Wexford.

    It follows a very cold night, with snow showers in parts of the east, south and midlands.

    The West of Ireland has escaped most of the snow showers, however, it’s on the way, with snow falling in the past hour or two in areas of Co Roscommon and moving into East Mayo.

    Temperatures overnight dropped to between minus 2 and minus 5 across the West & Northwest, with minus 3 recorded at Knock Airport, and temperatures are not expected to rise above zero today.

    The arrival of Storm Emma tomorrow is set to bring heavy snowfall and gale force winds.

     

  • The N5 Road between Tulsk and Ballinagare has reopened to traffic following the removal of a jack-knifed truck. Conditions remain slippery in that area so Gardai are advising motorists to exercise caution. 

    The N4 on the Boyle side of Carrick on Shannon is closed following an accident involving a lorry and a number of cars. Gardai say the road will remain closed for a number of hours.

    The Kiltimagh/Balla Rd (R342) has reopened to traffic after a truck overturned there yesterday evening.

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    A nationwide Status Yellow snow and ice warning came into effect this morning.

    It came into effect at 4am and lasts until midnight Tuesday for the entire country.

    It is the second snow-ice warning to hit the country within 24 hours.

    Met Éireann is this morning predicting a "cold, bright and breezy day", with sunny spells and scattered wintry showers.

    The showers will be most frequent in the west and north, with drier and brighter conditions prevailing in the east and southeast.

    Forecasters are warning of slippery roads and paths due to accumulation of ice on untreated surfaces.

    Temperatures dropped to just -2C with north-westerly winds last night.

    Road users are being advised to take due caution.

  • Due to overnight snow the GAA has confirmed that the following games fixed for today have been postponed and subject to pitch inspections will be played tomorrow, Bank Holiday Monday, March 19 at the same venue and at the same time.

    • AFL Roinn 2: Louth v Meath
    • AFL Roinn 3: Offaly v Sligo
    • AFL Roinn 4: Waterford v Leitrim, Wicklow v Limerick
    • AHL Roinn 1: Offaly v Kilkenny, Dublin v Tipperary, Wexford v Galway
    • AHL Roinn 2A Final: Westmeath v Carlow

    The AFL Roinn 2 Down v Tipperary match fixed for today is also postponed. However, this match has not been refixed for tomorrow due to the fact that it is not a Public Holiday in the Six Counties. The CCCC will confirm refixture details for this game on Tuesday.

    The GAA will continue to monitor pitches throughout the morning and further updates will be issued on gaa.ie and on official GAA social media platforms.

  • Snow and ice are making driving conditions difficult across the region this morning.

    Snow is reported on many routes – motorists report hazardous conditions between Foxford and Castlebar this morning, also on routes around Claremorris, Castlebar, Westport Castlerea, Frenchpark Ballaghaderreen,Tulsk, and Sligo Town areas.

    Also plenty of snowfall around Roscommon Town this morning and the N60 road between Castlerea and Roscommon is said to be dangerous. Black ice is reported on roads around Crossmolina and Ballina and on roads around Ballymote.

    A truck has jack-knifed between Tulsk and Ballinagare blocking both directions.

    There are also a number of lorries stuck on the hill in Castleplunkett.

    The Kiltimagh/Balla Rd (R342) is closed to facilitate the removal of an overturned vehicle at Ballinamore. Use alternative routes.

    There was also a collision close to Healy’s in the Pontoon area.

    In Galway following an earlier hail shower, conditions are very slippery on the M6 between J14 Ballinasloe East and J18 Rathmorrissey. Gardai are dealing with a crash westbound in the hard shoulder at J17 Athenry. There is also a crash on the N65 between Loughrea and the motorway.

  • Met Eireann has issued another status yellow snow &ice warning for the entire country.

    Scattered snow showers can be expected tonight and tomorrow morning, with small accumulations possible.

    Showers will be most frequent in the west and north of the country.

    Met Eireann is warning of slippy roads and footpaths due to accumulation of ice on untreated surfaces.

    The warning is in place from 9pm tonight until 12 noon tomorrow.

  • A status red snow and ice warning is in place nationwide - with people being warned to stay indoors from 4PM.

    Last night Met Eireann updated the red alert to include all counties, until tomorrow afternoon.

    Further snow showers are expected this morning, with Storm Emma bringing blizzard like conditions this afternoon

    All schools, colleges and third level institutions will be closed today and tomorrow.

    Gardai say that roads are dangerous in some areas this morning following snowfall and freezing temperatures. 

    In Ballina the Foxford to Ballina Road is again very dangerous and sheltered spots are described as lethal. 

    In the Tuam area, conditions are also described as very poor, while again parts of the Castlerea area are dangerous. 

    There are poor conditions on the N17 between Tubbercurry and Collooney and also around Roscommon Town and on the N61 and N63 roads going into the town. Gardai in Galway are advising extreme caution in Galway city following heavy snowfall overnight. 

    Bus Eireann services will not operate today, while Irish Rail services will wind down today between midday and 2pm, with no services then until at least midday on Friday. As regards flights at Ireland West Airport Knock, the Aer Lingus service to and from London Gatwick has been cancelled for today. At this stage Ryanair expects to operate a full schedule but the situation is fluid and passengers are advised to check with their airline before travelling. 

  • The status red snow and ice warning has been lifted and an orange warning is now in place for Munster, Leinster, Cavan and Monaghan.

    A yellow warning has been issued for Connacht and Donegal.

    There are now risks of localised flooding as the snow melts and people are being advised that conditions are still treacherous.

     

    There was snowfall again in this region overnight. While road conditions are slushy in many areas, there are reports of dangerous conditions in Castlebar, Bangor Erris and Ballycroy this morning.

    At Ireland West Airport Knock the Ryanair Liverpool flight landed this morning, while the London Stansted flight is due to land after 10am this morning, that’s a slight delay.

    Transport networks will be back in action today, but they'll be operating limited services. All airports are due to reopen.

    Bus Eireann are resuming some routes in the West, North-West and South-West this morning - with services in eastern parts scheduled to depart from early this afternoon.

    Irish Rail say they have carried out clearance work on the lines and will update throughout the day. 

     

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    Exceptionally cold weather will occur this week. Air and ground temperatures will be 5 to 10 degrees below normal, with significant wind chill and penetrating severe frosts. Snow showers, mainly affecting eastern areas on Tuesday, will progressively become more widespread and heavier through midweek. A spell of persistent and heavy snow is expected to extend from the south late Thursday and Thursday night, with significant and disruptive accumulations.

     

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