Severe Weather Update – Friday 2nd March, 9:45am

SEVERE WEATHER EVENT – UPDATE
Friday 2nd March, 9:45am
#BeastFromTheEast #StormEmma

SEVERE WEATHER MANAGEMENT TEAM
The SWMT met again this morning by conference call, and will remain in contact throughout the next 12-24 hours.  Further updates will issue throughout the day.

CURRENT SITUATION
Heavy snowfall persists throughout Waterford this morning, with up to 6-8cm having accumulated through the night.  Heavy snow (drifting in parts) and ice persists on the ground.

A “Status Red” weather alert (Snow) for Munster remains in place and is valid  until 6pm this evening (Friday).   However, the “remain indoors” advisory has now been lifted.

GRITTING & CLEARING OF ROADS
The Council is recommencing the deployment of snow ploughing and gritting operations from 8am this morning (Friday) and will be focused on the national roads, City Outer Ring to the Hospital and other key routes initially.

Due to the on-going poor weather conditions this first phase is likely to take a number of hours to complete and the Council would hope to extend these operations to the wider regional road network as the day progresses and if weather conditions improve.

There are significant amounts of snow on all roads across the County with drifting of up to 2 meters reported in areas. Driving conditions will remain extremely hazardous for the remainder of the day and people are advised not to travel.

OFFICE CLOSURES
All Waterford City & County Council Public Offices (including libraries) are closed and will remain so until Monday 5th March.

Waterford Council’s main number is now manned by our Out of Hours service which will continue to take calls on 0761 10 2020.  For exceptional emergencies, or those not relating to Council activities, please call the National Emergency Services on 999 or 112.

 

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