Met Eireann issues Orange Snow Warning, some schools closed

Met Eireann issues Orange Snow Warning, some schools closed

Met Éireann placed an orange alert for snow and ice affecting particular counties due to reports of major snow accumulations and disruption of traffic on Thursday morning.

A weather warning is in effect from 11 am to 10 am tomorrow for Cavan, Donegal, Monaghan, Clare, Longford, Meath, Westmeath and the Connacht counties. Carlow, Dublin, Kildare, Kilkenny, Laois, Offaly, Wexford and Wicklow will be placed under a distinctive orange snow & ice warning at 9 pm on Thursday. Tipperary is also included in this special advisory.

During Thursday morning, heavy snowfall was seen in some areas of the country, particularly Co Limerick and Co Clare. An inch of snow had covered certain parts of the mid-west area whereas the showers were predicted to subside as the day progressed.

Irish rail services have been affected by bad weather, and some TFI Local Link bus services have been cancelled in Limerick & Clare. Further, the Road Safety Authority has urged motorists to avoid unnecessary trips due to the orange weather warning.

The Education Sub-Committee from the National Co-Ordination Group will be meeting on Thursday afternoon to assess the consequences of the chilly temperatures on schools.

Rescue Operations

In Co Carlow, emergency services responded to a call for help and rescued the individuals who were stuck inside their car in the Blackstairs Mountains due to adverse weather conditions such as heavy snow & ice.

Carlow County Fire and Rescue Services are urging motorists to avoid the route that is usually taken as a shortcut to get from Co Wexford to Carlow & Kilkenny. This area is potentially hazardous and should be avoided.

In some areas of Carlow and Kilkenny, snow and sleet showers are already building up, especially on higher ground. It's also reported that 6 people were rescued from Carrantuohil in Co Kerry overnight due to hazardous conditions. Kerry Mountain Rescue Team were responding to reports that a female hillwalker had fallen in the eastern part of the MacGillycuddy’s Reeks.

According to reports, there were other hikers in trouble too. 6 of them were found stuck 150 metres away from the foot of a gully. Unfortunately, due to the bad conditions on the hill, it was not safe to reach them from that direction.

Rescuers braved their way to the top of the ridge and rappelled down to the trapped people. Once stabilized, they were connected to haul lines and brought up carefully to the summit. Drivers in south Co Kerry are facing major visibility issues, while the roads in the north and west Limerick have become dangerous due to trucks jack-knifing.

Schools in Limerick and Clare have been closed as Met Éireann's spokesperson Gerry Murphy predicted snow & sleet showers for the whole country on Thursday. This was reported by RTÉ. A cold snap has engulfed Ireland and is expected to persist until the end of the week, according to RTÉ radio's Morning Ireland.

Earlier this week, Met Eireann had issued a yellow warning.

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