Wednesday's weather and transport updates

Wednesday 01 December 2010 23.30
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Weather - Another week of bad weather predicted
Weather - Another week of bad weather predicted
Castlehaven, West Cork (Enda Buckley)
Castlehaven, West Cork (Enda Buckley)
The Reek, Croagh Patrick, Co Mayo (Michael McLoughlin)
The Reek, Croagh Patrick, Co Mayo (Michael McLoughlin)
Dublin Airport - Closed until 00.30 at the earliest
Dublin Airport - Closed until 00.30 at the earliest
Dunlavin, Co Wicklow (Siobhan Dunne)
Dunlavin, Co Wicklow (Siobhan Dunne)

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• Dublin Airport closed, update due after midnight
Bus Éireann is monitoring conditions
Dublin Bus update due 6.30am
• Another week of bad weather predicted
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2300 Check back at 6am for more updates.

2300 Update from Luas: The Luas Red and Green Lines are expected to operate until 00.30 as per the timetable.

Please note the Green Line service is in operation from Balally Stop to Brides Glen stop only.

There is no Green Line service between St Stephen's Green and Balally Stop as of now.

On the Red Line Connolly Luas stop is closed. The service is operating between The Point stop and Tallaght.

Luas service updates will commence again at 6am 2 December.

2255 Dublin Airport closed until 00.30. For updates thereafter, go to dublinairport.com or rte.ie/aertel.

Snow and ice clearing teams at Dublin Airport are working throughout the night to clear the main runway, taxiways and associated apron areas.

Passengers intending to travel from Dublin Airport on Thursday should consult their airline's website before going to the airport.

2242 Dún Laoghaire Institute of Art Design and Technology is closed tomorrow.

2230 Air Coach is still operating, but is subject to delays.

2153 Order of Malta Ireland volunteers are currently on standby to care for those who need assistance in the current extreme weather conditions.

They said they will be providing aid to the elderly and housebound, as well as providing backup to the HSE Ambulance Service.

2123 Kildare County Council says motorways in the county are in an extremely dangerous condition and it is advising motorists not to travel on main routes tonight.

2121 Irish Rail says that delays into Heuston Station in Dublin are worsening, with delays of 75 minutes.

2103 Heavy snowfall has also caused disruption across northern Europe, closing airports and bringing traffic to a standstill.

In Poland, eight homeless people died as temperatures fell below -20C.

Airports were closed in the UK, France and Switzerland. Dozens of flights were affected in Germany and Spain.

2054 Connolly Luas Stop on the Red Line is closed due to weather conditions. The Luas Red Line from The Point to Tallaght is still in operation. The Green Line from St Stephen's Green to Brides Glen is also in operation.

2039 Flights have been suspended for a second time today at Dublin Airport and will not resume until after midnight at the earliest.

2032 Latest weather forecast from Met Éireann:

Very icy overnight. Further heavy snow showers over much of Leinster and some over parts of Munster too, with some scattered thunderstorms. Some snow showers over Donegal also, but mostly dry elsewhere with just a few flurries. Some pockets of freezing fog are possible and visibilities will be very poor in fog and snow.

Lowest temperatures -2C to - 7 C, but as low as -10 C, in a few places.

1950 Bus Éireann say that due to difficult road and weather conditions in the east and southeast of the country, a number of Bus Éireann services are experiencing significant disruption and delays.

Some services in the east of the country will finish at 1930.

Services finishing at 1930 in both directions include:

110X
Dundalk-Drogheda-Dublin
101 Drogheda-Balbriggan-Dublin
103 Ashbourne-Dublin
105 Ratoath-Dublin
109 Kells/Dublin service
109A DCU/Navan
111 Trim-Dublin
115 Mullingar-Dublin
118 Ballivor-Dublin
120 Edenderry-Dublin
123 Clane-Dublin
126 Naas-Dublin
130 Kilcullen-Dublin
133 Wicklow-Arklow-Dublin

Road passenger services currently affected by weather and road conditions include:

21.00 Belfast/Dublin cancelled
20.30 Rosslare/Dublin cancelled
19.30 Waterford/Dublin cancelled
20.00 Dublin/Waterford
cancelled
20.30 Dublin/Clonmel cancelled
19.30 Limerick/Dublin cancelled
20.00 Dublin/Limerick cancelled
19.45 Letterkenny/Dublin
cancelled
20.50 Waterford – Limerick cancelled

1919 Dublin Bus has decided to stop services from 8pm this evening.

The bus company had been running a limited service since mid-afternoon because of snow and traffic congestion in the city centre.

Company spokeswoman Clíodhna Ní Fhátharta said that the decision was taken because of the weather outlook and because a number of vehicles were still stranded around the city.

She added that the company would try its best to provide services in the morning but this depended on the state of the roads.

1916 It is very icy on the Dublin/Wexford Rd between Gorey and Enniscorthy, conditions are treacherous around Waterford City following recent snow, according to AA Roadwatch.

1901 AA Roadwatch says road temperatures are well below freezing on most rotues at this stage, and is warning people to drive with extreme care on all routes.

1855 Dublin Airport has reopened.

1854 Dublin Bus say that all the last buses will be at 8pm.

1846 There are long traffic tailbacks on all roads leading in and out of Galway city this evening as result of deteriorating weather conditions.

Temperatures have dropped to -5C and most roads, including those which were gritted earlier, have become dangerous for driving.

The West escaped without any fresh snowfall but many roads have compacted slush and patches of black ice. Many commuters face delays of up to two hours on there journeys home this evening.

Congestion is worse on the N17 Galway to Tuam road.

1842 AA Roadwatch says the North Quays are blocked at Wolfe Tone Quay after a truck jack-knifed.

AA Roadwatch also says there are severe delays to all Red Line Luas services. However the Green Line Luas is operating a full service.

1840 Iarnród Éireann says trains are moving again through Tara Street station in Dublin.

However the company says Connolly Station remains very busy and is advising commuters to defer journeys for 20-30 minutes.

1839 The National College of Ireland in Dublin's IFSC will be closed to students tomorrow. Due to the ice and snow, no day or evening classes will run.

1830 Farmers in Co Cork have called on Cork County Council to re-consider its decision not to distribute grit to local communities, so that they can clear roads which the Council is not treating.

Cork County Council says it cannot supply grit to community groups because they have not been given the appropriate health and safety training to spread the grit safely.

A similar system is operating across the county bounds in Kerry without problems.

1821 Dublin Bus has revealed the current status of its services.

Buses operating with a very limited service: 3, 4, 7/a, 11/a/b, 13/a, 14/a, 15/a/b, 17, 17a, 18, 19/a, 27, 29a, 31/a/b, 32/a, 40/a, 41, 42, 43, 44, 45, 46a* from Burlington Hotel, 47* from Burlington Hotel, 77/a/x, 83, 84/x * from Burlington Hotel, 102, 104, 114, 120, 121, 122, 128, 130, 140, 142, 145* from Burlington Hotel, 150, 151

Bus routes with no service: 1, 2, 5, 7b/7d, 8, 15e/f, 16/a, 20b, 25/a/b/x, 26, 27b/x, 32b/x, 33/a/b/d/x, 37, 38/a, 39/a, 40d, 41b/c/x, 42a/b, 44b, 45a, 46e, 48a, 49/a, 50, 51/b/c/d/x, 53/a, 54a, 56/a, 59, 63, 65/b, 66/a/b/x, 67/x, 68, 69/x, 70, 74/a, 75, 76/a/b, 78/a, 79/a, 90, 111, 116, 118, 123, 161, 184, 185, 210, 220, 236, 238, 239, 270, 747, 748

1817 There are currently very large numbers of people at Connolly Station.

It seems to have occurred because Tara Street Station was closed following an incident. People who were told that Tara Street would be closed for a time seem to have travelled to Connolly instead.

As a result Connolly station now has large numbers gathering on platforms. Iarnród Éireann says that trains are running, but if Connolly can be avoided in the meantime it should be.

1802 Gardaí say traffic volumes continue to be heavy around Dublin city centre this evening.

Traffic lights are currently out at the N3/M50 interchange, resulting in delays.

Wellington Road and the Island Bridge gate in the Phoenix Park are currently closed to traffic due to adverse weather conditions.

Motorists are advised to stay on the main road (Chesterfield Ave) when driving through the park until further notice.

Gardaí have asked motorists to give way to gritting trucks where it is safe to do so.

1745 All matters due before the courts tomorrow are due to go ahead except for High Court civil cases in The Four Courts in Dublin.

1655 The Defence Forces say it has three helicopters on standby during the bad weather for use in emergencies.

150 troops have been deployed in Naas, Newbridge, Kildare, Dundalk and Drogheda.

The Defence Forces are involved in clearing ice and snow from footpaths and roads. They are also assisting the HSE in reaching isolated patients and delivering palliative care nurses and medicines to hospice patients.

1649 Luas say that the Red Line is operating from The Point to Tallaght stops, but experiencing severe delays due to blockages by other road users at road junctions.

The Connolly Stop is closed for weather related reasons.

The Luas Green Line is operating a full service from St Stephen's Green to Bride's Glen.

Luas passengers are advised to go to Luas.ie or call Freephone Luas Customer Care 1800 300 604.

1643 Iarnród Éireann says that full services are operating today throughout the network across Intercity, DART and Commuter routes.

Some services may be subject to minor delays as points are cleared of snow and ice. More significant delays may occur where there is recent snowfall, but Iarnród Éireann will get customers to their destination. Services will continue operating all evening on all routes.

M3 Parkway-Docklands trains will operate M3 Parkway-Connolly instead, for the rest of today.

In Connolly Station there are delays of up 15-30 minutes for all services due to points problems.

1638 Bus Éireann say the vast majority of Bus Éireann services around the country are operating as normal with some delays and diversions in affected areas.

Road passenger services currently affected by weather and road conditions include some services in the north east, south east and country Cork:

Route 2 - Dublin Airport-Rosslare - services operating to and from Gorey only.

Route 4 Dublin-Waterford, Waterford-Dublin - cancelled.

Route 5 New Ross-Dublin - 1800 cancelled.

Route 7 Dublin-Clonmel 2030 cancelled, Cork-Kilkenny 1830 will operate to Mitchelstown only.

23 - Sligo-Dublin - significant delays.

Route 55 20.50 Waterford - Limerick cancelled.

163 Drogheda-Donore - cancelled.

161 Dundalk-Newry - operating on main road only.

168 Dundalk-Annagassan - cancelled.

175 Monaghan -Cavan - cancelled.

182 Drogheda-Ardee - cancelled.

188 Drogheda-Trim - cancelled.

189 Drogheda-Clogher - cancelled.

190 Drogheda-Laytown - cancelled.

233 Cork-Macroom - diversions.

243 Cork-Newmarket - 16.15 service to Rathduff cancelled.

248 - Cork-Glenville 1615 cancelled.

1624 Roads across the Midlands remain very icy with gardaí advising motorists to drive with extreme care.

Main roads are salted but side roads and housing estates are described at treacherous. Motorists are advised not to make any unnecessary journeys.

In Athlone, residentd from the west side of town are without water supply due to a burst water main in Pearse Street. Westmeath County Council currently has a repair team on site and hopes that the supply will be reinstated later this evening.

In Westmeath, the N6 is extremely icy and the M4/N4 at Junction 13 Coralstown is treacherous. Mullingar and Athlone towns are very poor.

In Laois, there are treacherous conditions on the M7 between Borris-in-Ossory and Portlaoise. Also on the N78 Athy/Castlecomer Road at Wolfhill Swan and in Abbeyleix.

Longford is reporting no snow but severe frost.

In Offaly, further snow showers are reported in the last hour. Main roads are passable but side roads are treacherous. Motorists are advised not to make any unnecessary journeys. The Kinnitty to Mountrath road remains closed.

1619 All Dublin Institute of Technology campuses will be closed from 4pm today until noon tomorrow.

1602 The Irish Blood Transfusion Service has said that
the adverse weather conditions has affected the national blood supply. Extra donation clinics will be opened on Sunday in urban locations. Hospitals may be asked to cancel planned operations, if there is no significant increase in donations.

1549 Dublin Bus has advised that there is currently a limited bus service operating. This is due to extreme weather and icy road conditions. This is being further worsened by traffic congestion and slow speeds across the city.

Dublin Bus is making every effort to maintain a level of services but this is proving very difficult due to the worsening road conditions.

A very limited service is currently operating on Routes 7, 13, 15, 16, 19 (northside only) 20, 27, 31, 40, 41, 45, 46a, 65, 65b, 77, 102, 128, 140, 145, 150.

A very limited level of service is operating to Tallaght, Ballyfermot, Howth, Malahide, Ballymun and Finglas.

There are no services currently on the Lucan Road, or in Blanchardstown, Ranelagh and Ballycullen.

1548 An Post has said that mail transport arrangements are likely to be significantly curtailed throughout the country for the rest of the week.

It said every effort will be made to have mail delivered at the earliest possible opportunity but the reliability of its normal next-day service will be significantly impacted throughout the country for the rest of the week.

1547 The campus at Dublin City University will be closed from 4pm today until noon tomorrow.

All classes, tutorials and lectures have been cancelled and any in-class tests have been postponed.

1545 Eircom are saying that broadband and telephone customers across the country are reporting faults. The worst areas are Wicklow, Wexford, Carlow, Dublin City and County. Approximately 1,100 faults have been reported today.

1540 An interactive Google map of Waterford City showing gritting routes, weather station updates and a live street view can be found on Waterford City Council’s website.

1528 Muintir na Tíre has set-up a special helpline to help older and vulnerable people trapped in their homes because of the cold weather conditions. The helpline will operate daily from 10am to 8pm. The number is 086-6000751.

1506 Dublin Bus has advised that there is currently a limited service operating on all routes.

This is due to extreme weather and icy road conditions. This is being further worsened by traffic congestion and slow speeds across the city.

The company is making every effort to maintain a level of service but this is proving very difficult due to the worsening road conditions.

1503 Listen back to a stream of the Inter Agency Severe Weather coordination group meeting

1500 Siobhan Moore of the DAA said the decision was taken for safety reasons and snow is falling quicker than it can be cleared.

1450 Dublin Airport has suspended flight operations until 7pm due to snow. It says teams are working to clear snow and ice from the runway, taxiways and apron areas.

1444 The Health Service Executive has said initial reports suggest there has been a slight increase in the number of people presenting themselves at hospitals with sprains and fractures.

1433 There have been some reports of fresh snow in north Donegal/Rathmelton area.

However, in general, there have been no significant snowfalls across the northwest since the weekend.

There is sunshine in Sligo but temperatures very low. In Donegal, Sligo and Leitrim, secondary roads are the main danger for drivers as they are untreated. All main routes have been treated and are in good condition.

1429 Iarnród Éireann says full services are operating today throughout the network across Intercity, DART and Commuter routes.

Some services may be subject to delays as points are cleared of snow and ice. There are delays of up to 30 minutes to services through Connolly Station due to frozen points. Staff are on site working to clear the area and minimise these delays.

Docklands Station and Maynooth services are operating to and from Connolly Station only.

1420 The Dublin Airport Authority has said that flights are suspended for at least an hour on the main runway after heavy snowfall in the past hour.

1407 Dublin City Council has produced a map of its gritting routes.

1335 The National Aquatic Centre will close early tonight at 8pm, including ToneZone Gym, due to the weather.

However, all swimming classes will go ahead as scheduled between 3-8pm. Diving Classes are cancelled for the rest of the week

AquaZone is closed today and tomorrow. The NAC's sales office will close at 6pm for the rest of this week.

1320 The chairman of the ICMSA dairy committee, Pat McCormack, has asked co-ops and processors to make allowances for the problems of farmers in the areas worst affected by the weather.

1312 It is very cold but sunny in Cork with the county experiencing few of the problems faced by others. Cork Airport is open and there has been no disruption to rail and bus services in Cork.

1310 A spokesperson for Wicklow County Council says that they are trying to grit pavements and minor roads in the county but gritting major roads remains their priority.

1307 Reporting from Dublin city centre on the One News, Dublin Correspondent John Kilraine said the worst of the temperatures will be overnight.

He said the bad weather is set to continue for another week.

John Kilraine also said Dublin City Council has advised that it is going to have to conserve their supplies of grit.

Anne-Marie Smyth reported from Dublin Airport, where the average delay on Aer Lingus flights is one hour. She said Ryanair is anticipating further delays and cancellations.

South-East Correspondent Damien Tiernan said that county councils in Wicklow have turned off water in Arklow due to leaks in pipes.

He said the IFA has been critical of some local authorities for not allowing farmers to go out and grit the roads.

1258 View a selection of photos sent in from around the country.

1254 Westmeath County Council Is asking that they be made aware of any vulnerable people living alone who might be in need of assistance tel: 044-9332000.

The Council is continuing to work to improve road conditions and safety throughout the county. Significant accumulations of frozen snow remain in place across the entire county. As a result, all roads and footpaths are hazardous.

1242 Waterford County Council has deployed a JCB in Tramore to clear snow, snow ploughs operating in Faithlegg/Cheekpoint will be moving towards Dunmore East. An additional gritter is also being deployed in the Tramore area.

1212 Civil Defence Units in 18 local authority areas have been activated assisting the primary emergency services in the areas worst affected by the freezing temperatures and snowfalls.

Civil Defence has been particularly busy since Monday with over 200 Volunteers called out to assist the HSE, local authorities, ambulance service and gardaí.

1203 Fine Gael Transport Spokesman Simon Coveney has criticised the Government’s response to the travel disruption.

Mr Coveney said: 'The Minister for Transport and the NRA have been reassuring us in recent weeks that they are ready for any cold snap that may occur. But that is clearly not the case.

'People are having to rely on text message and twitter updates to RTÉ and the AA for information about road conditions.

'The irony of citing health and safety concerns as an excuse not to make the roads safer is ridiculous.'

1201 Irish Rail has advised that a public information evening tonight in Kilmessan on Navan rail line has been cancelled due to weather conditions.

1200 AA Roadwatch says four gritting trucks are travelling in convey between Bray North Exit on M11 right through to M1/M50 in Dublin.

1157 Government news service website Merrionstreet.ie says the Inter Agency Severe Weather coordination group is meeting this morning.

1155 The weather has been raised in the Dáil this morning by Fine Gael leader Enda Kenny who asked Taoiseach Brian Cowen to spell out the Government’s position on whether shopkeepers or householders who clean the footpaths outside their houses or premises would be liable if someone was injured.

The Taoiseach said that common sense prevails with this issue.

He said that there are over 80,000 tonnes of salt in reserve and a further 50,000 has been obtained by the NRA.

The Taoiseach said 80% of main roads that take commercial traffic have been salted.

He encouraged people to use public transport. He also advised people to check in on the elderly.

1153 South Dublin County Council says waste collection trucks are returning to the depot due to road conditions. Updates will be provided when conditions change on http://www.sdcc.ie

1150 South Dublin County Council has a map of its salting and gritting route.

1142 Chambers of Commerce in some parts of the country say that absenteeism is causing significant problems, with employees unable to make it into work.

One spokesperson in Carlow described ghost streets and deserted commercial premises.

The Small Firms Association estimates that if half the private workforce lost half an hour today in delays, the productivity cost would be over €7m.

1137 London City Airport flights are experiencing some cancellations, affected passengers should contact their airline for more information.

1132 The Road Safety Authority has a safety tips section with advice for driving, cycling and walking in adverse conditions as well as severe weather advice.

1130 AA Roadwatch says fresh and compacted snow is a major problem in the Leinster and southeast regions. The southwest, west and northwest are not as badly affected but there are icy stretches.

It has also advised motorists to 'clear the snow from the roof of your vehicle as well as the windscreen or it will fall forward obstructing your visibility while you are driving'.

1126 UCD Belfield & Blackrock campuses closing at 1400. Lectures to finish at 1200. Updates at UCD website.

1120 Eircom says 4,500 faults have been reported nationwide, the bulk of which are related to lightning strikes.

Altogether they have 500 crews deployed across the country attempting to fix the problems.

1116 Wexford Bus 1130 service from Wexford to Dublin will not be operating.

1100 Geneva International Airport is closed to air traffic until 1400 (1300 Irish time) due to bad weather.

Passengers are advised not to come to the airport for the time being. A further bulletin will be provided on the airport's website at about 1230 (1130 Irish time).

1044 A spokesperson for Eircom said they have over 300 crews working in the Dublin region this morning trying to repair phone lines affected by lightning. The spokesperson said conditions are so bad in Wicklow that they are unable to reach many areas.

1032 Iarnród Éireann says the 0730 Galway to Heuston is delayed by 60 minutes at Ballinasloe due to an engine problem

1032 The HSE has said initial reports suggest there has been a slight increase in the number of people presenting at emergency departments with sprains and fractures as a result of slipping on the ice.

They are advising people to wear sturdy rubber-soled shoes and keep their hands out of their pockets while walking.

1030 Little or no fresh snowfalls since the weekend has meant that county councils in the northwest have been able to keep main roads well gritted and generally in good condition.

1020 The Chamber of Commerce in Ireland says there is no official figure available on the cost of the cold snap on businesses.

A spokesperson said lessons were learned from January's big freeze and councils are more prepared.

1015 The ESB has said it has no reports of weather-related power outages across the country. However, crews are on standby and are monitoring the situation.

1004 Dublin Airport Authority has said flight schedules are back in operation however they are monitoring the weather conditions as fresh snow continues to fall over Leinster. Passengers are advised to continue to check airline websites for update.

Passengers are advised to continue to check websites for update.

1002 Edinburgh Airport is closed due to heavy snow showers. Anticipate the runway will be clear and open at 6pm this evening. Contact your airline for further information.

0933 Due to heavy snow at Gatwick, runway will remain closed until 0600 Thursday. The airport advising passengers not to come to airport. Check website for updates http://ow.ly/3hZjW

0916 Dublin City Council's traffic cameras show a very snowy Dublin this morning

0912 British Airways says London Gatwick is closed all day - all flights being cancelled. Customers advised not to go to airport. http://bit.ly/5JYGGT for updates

0910 Wexford Bus service from Wexford to Dublin City and Airport is cancelled. A decision on 1130 bus will be made closer to the time.

0905 Hundreds of schools in the west are remaining closed today. Co Mayo has been worst hit with an estimated 300 primary and secondary schools, as well as a large number of pre-schools, closed.

A large number of schools in north Galway and Roscommon have also decided not to open today.

Many other schools are deferring opening times to 10.30am today to allow school buses and parents time to get children to school. For more see www.schooldays.ie.

0855 Edinburgh Airport to remain closed until 6pm.

0850 Dublin Bus services have now stopped going into Bray and are terminating at the Woodbrook Golf Club.

0845 Feel free to send us your photographs of the wintry weather to yourphotos@rte.ie

0840 Gatwick Airport to remain closed until 6am on Thursday.

0840 Six to eight inches of snow has fallen in some areas of Wexford, Carlow and Kilkenny, and up to four inches has fallen in parts of east Waterford.

Most main roads are open, albeit single-lane only in places such as the M9 through Kilkenny and Carlow.

The N25 between Waterford and New Ross is passable with care.

In Wicklow, traffic is moving on the N11 but very slowly. There was up to two inches of snow in Arklow last night.

Blizzards affected parts of Waterford county last night, in particular the east of the county. Waterford coastal areas have seen their heaviest snowfall in over 20 years.

Councils are deploying snow ploughs but they say because of the amount of snow which fell, they won't get around to many secondary roads today with gritters.

0833 The Dublin Airport Authority estimates that around 50 flights were affected - either cancelled or delayed - following heavy snowfall on the main runway at Dublin Airport overnight.

0830 There is considerable disruption to Dublin Bus services in suburban areas. Several routes are terminating on main roads and many are not servicing housing estates and secondary roads.

Buses are currently unable to service Dunboyne, Leixlip, Newcastle, Greystones, the Hill of Howth, Blackrock Village, Knocklyon, and parts of Tallaght, Finglas and Cabra. Buses are running to Bray Train Station only.

0820 The AA is reporting that ice on the M1 near Balbriggan has cleared but traffic is still moving slowly into Dublin.

0810 Midlands Update:

Temperatures of -5C in Portarlington and other towns in Laois and Offaly have left road conditions dangerous.

Fresh snowfall has led to very dangerous driving conditions on the M7 between Borris on Ossary and Portlaoise, the N4 on the Mullingar by-pass and the M6 Dublin to Galway road near Athlone.

Dozens of schools are closed today though national bus and train services are running.

0805 Many roads into Dublin are reported to be icy and likely to cause delays for motorists. There are problems on the M50 from the J10 at Ballymount to the J14 at Leopardstown in both directions.

It is very icy on the N11 from Foxrock inbound to Morehampton Rd in Donnybrook.

It is reported to be 'extremely icy' on the M1 from Balbriggan to the M50 junction with traffic moving slowly all the way into Drumcondra.

Some roads in Lucan and Dundrum are impassable while icy roads are also a problem in Lucan, Terenure, and Raheny.

The N3 is reported to be very icy from the M50 junction to Cabra Rd, and on the N4 from the M50 junction to J5 Leixlip.

The Knockmaroon Hill Road into Chapelizod village is reported to be 'extremely dangerous'.

0800 AA Roadwatch update:

Carlow: Fresh snow and ice; driving conditions are treacherous on the Hill in Tullow Town & Bagenalstown.

Clare: The Carrigaholt to Kilkee Rd is down to one lane where a truck has gone off the road. Gardai hope to have this cleared by noon at the earliest.

Kildare: Very icy on M7/N7 Limerick/ Dublin Rd northbound from J10 Naas South, and extremely icy on all roads around Naas and Kildare towns.

Kilkenny: Fresh snow resulting in treacherous driving conditions and lane restrictions on the M9 Kilkenny/Waterford Rd between J9 Danesfort and J12 Grannagh.

Laois: Fresh snowfall resulting in treacherous conditions on the M7 between Borris on Ossary and Portlaoise, as well as on the N78/Athy/Castlecomer Rd at Wolfhill Swan & in Abbeyleix.

Meath/Louth: The N2 Monaghan/Dublin Rd is impassable through Collon, Co Louth and Slane, Co Meath but it is passable with care at Kilmoon Cross. The M3 has been treated but remains extremely slippery all the way from J10 Kells to J4 Clonee, stay in the left lane as there is heavy snow in the right lane. All routes into Slane, Laytown and Bettystown are impassable, as is the Navan/Kentstown Rd, (R153). Fresh snow and ice on many roads around Navan, Ashbourne and Trim. Extremely icy conditions on the old N1 between Drogheda and Julianstown and on the M1 further south from J6 Balbriggan.

Monaghan: Icy around Castleblaney, Carrickmacross and Monaghan Town following earlier snowfall, also extremely poor roads around Emyvale, Scottstown and Clones.

Waterford: Snow and ice in Waterford City is a particular problem on Newgate St, Patrick St, at Ballybrickan and Bunkers Hill.

Westmeath: The M6 Dublin/Galway Rd and the N4 Dublin/Sligo Rd at the Mullingar bypass are very slippery. Conditions are very bad around Athlone.

Wexford: Gardaí are in the process of clearing a jack-knifed truck from the N11 Enniscorthy/Gorey at Camolin. Heavy snowfall overnight has led to treacherous conditions throughout the county. Particular care needed in Gorey.

Wicklow: Fresh snow throughout the county. Extremely icy conditions reported along the N11 through Wicklow. The Bray/Greystones Rd (R761) at Windgate Hill and the Farrankelly Rd into Greystones are both impassable. The Sally Gap & Wicklow Gap remain impassable.

0750 The N2 remains impassable through Slane while icy conditions on parts of the M1 and M3 have also slowed traffic.

In Meath, roads around Navan, Trim, Ashbourne and Slane are all dangerous, as are conditions in parts of Cavan and Monaghan including Emyvale and Scotstown.

0745 Dublin Bus is reporting a large increase in disruption to its services. It has been unable to service Dunboyne, Tyrellstown, Finglas South and Baldonnel so far.

There are curtailments across most routes with buses sticking to the main roads.

Areas with curtailed services include Leixlip, Swords, Tallaght, Lucan and Stillorgan.

A full list of weather disruptions is available on www.dublinbus.ie.

Dublin City Council says it had nine gritting trucks in operation last night on 300 kilometres of roads including all the main arterial routes into the city.

0740 Flight operations have resumed at Dublin Airport. Delays are expected to the flight schedule today and passengers intending to travel should consult their airline or airline's website before going to the airport.

0740 Three government ministers - Noel Dempsey, John Gormley, and Tony Killeen - will attend this morning's meeting of the national inter-agency group on severe weather.

The ministers will be briefed on the national response so far and will assess the plans in place for the next number of days.

0720 The Dublin Airport Authority says the main runway at Dublin Airport will reopen at 730am.

0720 Gatwick Airport in London is closed until at least 11am for snow clearance.