Status Red warning issued as more snow forecast for Dublin

by Mark O'Brien
Dublin City Council staff working to clear pathways following snow overnight

Met Eireann have issued a Status Red warning for Dublin with more snow predicted to hit the capital today and tomorrow.

Snow showers will continue throughout the day and through the evening and there will be no let-up in the cold, wintry conditions tomorrow.

Traffic conditions across the city are treacherous and AA Roadwatch say all route in Dublin, particularly in Tallaght are extremely dangerous due to heavy snow.

Gardai are advising motorists not to travel if it can be avoided.

Anyone who does have to travel is advised to allow extra time for their journey and to make sure their car is defrosted before setting off.

Motorists are also reminded that stopping distances are ten times longer when driving in snow and ice and to use dipped headlights at all times.

Dublin Bus said there was significant disruption to their services this morning but they were operating on all main corridors.

A spokesperson for Dublin Bus said: “We advise customers to plan their journey and check our website for information on their route.

“We will endeavour to operate as many services as possible, however this is dependent on road and weather conditions.

“Dublin Bus is reviewing the situation on an ongoing basis and is taking advice from Met Éireann and the National Emergency Co-ordination Committee. The safety of our customers and our employees is of paramount importance.”

The Luas is currently operating at a frequency of 10 to 15 minutes but the Red Line is currently only running from Tallaght to Connolly Station and there is no service from Belgard to Saggart.

The four local authorities say they will continue to review the situation throughout the day.

Dublin City Council said their Crisis Management team are currently meeting to discuss the Status Red alert and will provide ongoing updates throughout the day.

Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council say they have had staff out from early this morning gritting roads and clearing paths.

All parks in the DLR area currently remain open apart from the People’s Park in Dun Laoghaire.

Fingal County Council have closed all public parks and a number of recycling centres across the county.

The council say all roads have been ploughed and gritted but have advised motorists that driving conditions are poor.

South Dublin County Council say that they have had been gritting the roads since 5am but Military Road is closed with local access only.

The council say that their offices remain open and they will provide updates throughout the day.

Updated 1.30pm

Dublin Bus have confirmed that they will not be operating any services tomorrow.

A spokesperson from Dublin Bus said: “Due to the latest forecast issued by Met Éireann and information received from the National Emergency Co-ordination Committee, Dublin Bus will not be in a position to operate any services tomorrow, Thursday 29 February.

“We apologise for the inconvenience caused however this decision has been made in the interest of the safety of customers and our employees.”

Dublin Bus will continue to operate a limited service for the rest of the day today.

The Department of Education and Skills have confirmed that all schools, third level institutions, colleges and centres of further education in Leinster and Munster areas will be closed tomorrow and Friday.

Tallaght Hospital have cancelled all Adult and Paediatric outpatient clinics, elective and routine procedures and bloods scheduled for tomorrow and Friday.

A statement from the hospital said: “Our Adult and Paediatric Emergency Department remain open and we wish to reassure patients that those who attend the EDs will be seen.

“As we prioritise treatment and care for the sickest patients and those with life threatening illnesses, it means that patients with less serious illnesses and conditions may need to wait longer for their treatment.

“That is why we are asking people to think about all of their care and treatment options so we can keep our ED services for the patients who need them most.”

Stick with Dublin Gazette for further weather updates throughout the day

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