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2300 That's it for our live updates for tonight. Avoid any unnecessary journeys, and drive carefully if you have to travel.
Take care on the footpaths too!
Check back for more updates from 7am.
2238 Gardaí in Galway are warning that fog and ice are making road conditions hazardous around the county. Secondary roads around Loughrea and Gort are reported to be treacherous and motorists are advised to drive with extreme care.
In Mayo, all main roads are passable but people are being advised not to travel unless absolutely necessary due to freezing fog and black ice.
2212 Cork County Council advises that there will be some disruption to water supplies in West cork overnight.
Approx times are 10pm to 8.30am.
Bantry High Level serving higher areas in Bantry, Ballylickey, Snave, Gurteen, Rooska & Gortacloona.
Froe Reservoir serving Froe, Ardagh, Barleyhill, Maul, Gallane, Dromgonagh & Downeen.
2203 Some good advice from AA Roadwatch:
The only way to deal with black ice - when on the road - is to slow down and take extra care. Avoid driving if possible.
2200 The Chapelizod bypass is closed due to severe black ice. Divert via Ballyfermot or Islandbridge.
2126 AA Roadwatch report that road temperatures continue to drop. It is now -6.4°C on the N2 in Monaghan and -5.6°C on the N3 at Butlersbridge.
Motorists are asked to take extreme care. Black ice is becoming a problem in many areas and there have already been a number of collisions this evening.
The latest AA Roadwatch National Roads Summary.
2117 Galway County Council have issued a notification regarding disruption to water services.
2114 Irish Rail reports: Clonsilla-Maynooth line has reopened following earlier signal fault
2025 Dublin Airport report that: 'Spanish ATC staff returning to work. There may be disruptions for up to 48 hours. Please check with your airline if travelling to Spain.'
2015 Latest forecast from Met Éireann:
Mainly dry tonight, but further rain or hail showers along the north and west coast. Widespread fog, becoming dense inland and the risk of freezing fog. Lowest temperatures 0 to -6 degrees.
2008 Irish Rail reports that services are suspended Clonsilla-Maynooth due to a signalling fault - customers for Leixlip and Maynooth should avail of Dublin Bus services.
2002 Kildare County Council is warning of the danger of black ice on motorways running through the county. Motorways towards the west, Limerick and Carlow are being gritted, but ice may still form, the council says.
1956 Remember during the ash cloud disruption earlier this year, amid all the misery, a few people were delighted to be 'stranded' in Spain and other sunny spots?
Well here's the winter equivalent: A couple and five staff members got trapped in a pub in England when snow blocked the access roads.
1944 A further AA Roadwatch update. 'In Wicklow gardaí are en route to a two car collision on the N11 southbound at the Rathnew exit. Black ice reported.'
1926 AA Roadwatch report that a crash on M1 northbound after M1/M50 merge is blocking two lanes. Traffic on M1 must divert via the M50 to J4 Ballymun.
1914 Here are the latest weather reports from the Six One news
1755 A few more pictures in our gallery now. Thanks again for all the photos you've been sending in, and apologies we can't use everything - but there are just so many!
A few tips to improve your chances of getting your pictures included:
If you include the location and a (very) brief description in the subject line it is easier for us to sort through the hundreds and hundreds of emails we're getting every day.
Example: Cows trying to graze, Westmeath.
We're trying to get a mix from all around the country, but we're receiving far more pictures of Dublin than anywhere else.
Our pictures have to be in a ratio of 16:9. Portrait pictures just won't work with our gallery dimensions. We've got some really great pictures over the week that just won't crop to fit our gallery.
Choose your best picture and send it in - emails with multiple pictures take much longer to process.
Try to keep the filesize around 1-2MB - any bigger and it's slower to open, any smaller and it may not look great on the site.
1745 AA Roadwatch report 'Road temperatures are beginning to drop again and it's already -1.8°C on the N4 at Longford. Extreme care required.'
1725 In Carlow, gritting of the M9 Motorway and National routes is currently taking place. The County Council is urging motorists to drive with caution because low temperatures overnight could lead to black ice on islolated road sections.
1720 In Wexford all main roads are passable but care is required on secondary roads. The west of the county has been worst hit. Two machines with snow blades will be working to remove snow tomorrow from the roads around Kilmyshall, Kiltealy and Rathnure.
1656 Westmeath County Council report that the water supply mains burst in Clonmore, Mullingar has been located. Council repair crews are currently working to effect repairs. It is not anticipated that any shut off to the water supply in Clonmore, or in the general Mullingar area will now be necessary.
1627 Minister for Transport Noel Dempsey has thanked all those keeping Ireland moving, saying 'Right around the country, employees have worked day and night to ensure roads are open to traffic, flights can continue at our airports and that public transport services are operational.'
1620 Gardaí are advising motorists to exercise extreme caution on the M50 between Junction 5 (Finglas) and Junction 12 (Firhouse) where freezing fog is currently causing greatly reduced visibility. Motorists should drive with dipped headlights and fog lights where appropriate and reduce speed.
1614 Here's the latest weather forecast from Met Éireann:
Tonight will be mainly dry, but rain or hail showers will persist in coastal counties of the north and west. The winds will be light away from coastal margins and fog will become widespread and dense inland, turning to freezing fog in many places. The lowest temperatures will be between 0 and -6 degrees giving a sharp to severe ground frost and ice on untreated surfaces.
Tomorrow will be dry except for further isolated rain or hail showers near coasts of the north and west. Ice and freezing fog may be slow to clear in the midlands but otherwise good sunshine will develop. The top temperatures will be 3 to 5 degrees generally but remaining close to freezing where fog persists. The westerly winds will be light.
1610 North-West Correspondent Eileen Magnier reports that Donegal County Council has said that the Back of Errigal Road will remain closed from Termon to Dunlewey until Monday at least due to deteriorating road conditions.
Widespread black ice is expected to persist throughout the weekend and into Monday morning and people are advised not to travel in these conditions.
Treatment of priority routes on Sunday morning will be delayed, work will begin at 8am rather than 5am to minimise the risk of wash-off of salt and grit.
Due to limited salt supplies Donegal County Council is now using a 50:50 mixture of salt and grit to treat these routes.
1601 Apologies for the disappearance of most of your comments on today's tracker. A gremlin (or grinch perhaps) seems to have gotten into our system. We're looking into it.
1515 Latest update on www.luas.ie tells us that: 'Red Line is now operating a full service in both directions between Tallaght and The Point Stop. Luas Connolly stop remains closed.
'The Luas Green Line is now operating a full service in both directions between St Stephen's Green and Brides Glen stops.'
1510 A number of people have sent us this video showing some advice for anyone trying to drive on snow and ice covered roads.
This man taught me to drive many years ago!
1505 Be very careful if you're walking on footpaths in affected areas. I've just arrived in work having decided it was safe to abandon my wellies and revert to my 'fashionable' winter boots for the walk in through Ranelagh and Donnybrook.
Big mistake. €15 Wellies 1-0 €140 Boots.
1504 Cork City Council Roads Maintenance crews are continuing salting and gritting operations on footpaths and roads throughout the city and are responding to reports of ice at specific locations.
1450 A few more morsels of good news coming through now. Bus Éireann have just updated that most services on the east of the country are now in operation again. Some services in Athlone, Limerick and Cork, they say, continue to be affected but not majorly.
1420 Reports from Cork describe road conditions in many parts of the county as deceptive. Gritting is continuing on priority 1& 2 roads and some priority 3 roads where local conditions demand it. Consumers are asked to reduce their water use to avoid restrictions, especially in west cork. In case of emergency contact Cork County Council on 021-4971411.
1348 Round-up of information from the National Emergency Response Committee:
Parts of the country are experiencing a temporary thaw, particularly along coasts, although the centre of the country is still badly affected by the icy conditions.
Pedestrians are being urged to watch out for snow falling from rooftops, not to use mobile phones while walking, and not to walk with their hands in their pockets in case they fall.
Residents are being asked to use periods of thawing during the day to clear the areas outside their houses, to prevent themselves and others from injury.
Met Éireann says the country has seen the last significant snowfall, although there may still be some snow showers on higher ground.
Overnight temperatures will fall to as low as -8C in the early part of the coming week and widespread black ice is expected in many parts of the country. This will be slow to clear, as snow and ice will continue to thaw by day and re-freeze by night.
However, from Wednesday, things should begin to thaw more permanently.
Dublin City Council says 700 people and ten mini-diggers have been working to clear the 2,400km of footpaths around the city in the last week.
The National Roads Authority says its salt supplies are being carefully managed and a 50/50 mix of salt and grit is still in use. There are currently 30,000 tonnes of supplies left.
Salting opportunities have been greatly improved around the country, due to the temporary thaw.
Bus Éireann says the majority of its services are running normally, although there are some delays in places.
Services have been disrupted in Cork, West Cork, Limerick and Athlone. Extra staff members have been brought in to the company's travel centres to deal with customer queries.
Dublin Bus says most of its routes are operating normal services, with minor curtailments in parts. However, there will be no NightLink service this evening.
Iarnród Éireann says its services are operating well.
The Health Service Executive says most of its services are operating normally, although there has been an increased presentation of elderly people.
Some Dublin hospitals, including Beaumont, have had to open a second theatre to deal exclusively with fracture injuries.
1338 Seem to be having a problem with comments not appearing - working to have that fixed. Bear with us - we aren't ignoring you, we DO want to hear what you have to say!
1313 Gardaí are advising motorists to exercise extreme caution in the Baldonnell, Rathcoole and Naas Road area of Dublin. Fog and icy roads are making driving conditions extremely hazardous.
Motorists are asked to slow down and use fog lights in affected areas. Don't forget to turn off fog lights when no longer necessary.
1310 The Government committee co-ordinating the response to the weather situation says the centre of the country is still badly affected because of icy conditions.
It says there there is a thaw in the east but many secondary roads are still dangerous.
1305 Wexford County Council says the NRA has directed councils to mix grit and salt 1:1, which is less effective so caution is required. Teams are out gritting some regional roads today.
1300 I measured 30cm (11.81 inches) of snow on the garden table in my back garden on Thursday night after a full day of snow, haven't seen that much since 1982!
1258 Traders in Dingle, Co Kerry, say the town is accessible by road, even though the Conor Pass is closed.
They say the road through Inch to Dingle and the road from Tralee are both passable for traffic.
1250 Gardaí are advising members of the public to continue to exercise extreme caution on the roads.
Pedestrians should avoid walking on the road and wear hi-vis jackets.
Bet you never thought of this, but gardaí advise people to avoid standing outside buildings as snow falling from roofs can cause injury.
Current indications are that temperatures are to remain very low and drop further later on and this may create further difficult driving conditions.
1220 Meath County Council is warning of particularly hazardous driving conditions around Trim, Kells, Kilmessan and Kentstown. The council say that black ice is posing major problems in these areas. Council staff are being assisted by Army personnel with snow clearance around Navan, Trim and Ashbourne.
Meath Co Council's Civil Defence emergency call centre is open today and Sunday from 10am-4pm on 0469097350. The Council's emergency contact number is 1890 445 335.
1209 Full Luas Green Line service now restored
1200 Road conditions in parts of Westmeath and Offaly have been described this morning as the most dangerous they have been at any stage so far in the big freeze after rain during the night was followed by temperatures as low as -5C.
Bus Éireann's services out of Athlone have been severely affected. The Athlone to Limerick service had to turn back after failing to get through the village of Ballinahown in Westmeath and an alternative route through Castledaly also proved impassable because of ice.
The N62 Ferbane/Birr road is extremely icy. The main Mountmellick to Killeigh road in Laois is very bad as is the Ballinagar to Tullamore road at Cappincur. Gardaí say the Rhode to Rochfortbridge road is extremely dangerous as is the Clonaslee to Tullamore road especially around Gurteen Bridge. The N4 at Edgeworthstown & Ballinlack is also extremely dangerous.
1140 The northbound carriageway of the M9 south of Carlow which was closed after a truck jack-knifed earlier this morning, has now reopened.
1134 South Dublin County Council says all main roads are passable and traffic is light. Minor roads and estates are not being treated so care is advised.
1130 Kerry County Council has said that Conor Pass is closed to traffic and is unsafe because of blocks of ice falling from overhead rocks. Do not travel it.
1111 In Wexford the County Council are concerned about the rise in demand for water on the public drinking water network particularly in Enniscorthy and Gorey. They are asking people to check for leaks and not to leave taps running because of concerns about continuing supply.
1103 Ok, we've managed to get some of your photos up. I say 'some', because we literally have hundreds pouring in. Again, thanks to all who have taken the time to send in a pic. Or two.
1057 The latest word from Carlow is that black ice and low temperatures are still affecting travel conditions but the north bound section of the M9 motorway between Paulstown and Powerstown is due to open shortly as the truck which jack-knifed earlier is being removed.
1032 Around 20 members of Dublin's Civil Defence Forces will be out clearing the roads and footpaths at Bus Áras in the city cenrte in the next hour. At around 2pm they will clear the area around the Luas stop at the O2 to make it safe for disembarking passengers who will be attending concerts there later this evening.
1025 Gardaí in Donegal say road conditions are treacherous right across the county, with reports of up to three gritters going off the road in the west if the county. While no serious injuries have been reported, there have been numerous minor collisions in all areas of Donegal.
1024 A truck that jack-knifed blocking the M9 to Waterford is being moved and the road should be opened within the next hour.
1023 Update from RTÉ's Northwestern Correspondent Richard Dowling: Roads in the northeast are passable with care. Secondary roads should be treated with extreme caution. For the fourth day bus services around Drogheda town have been cancelled. Louth County Council is making grit available to local communities from today.
1010 Irish Rail update on Twitter: 'Heuston delays - mechanical fault cleared, delays easing to services departing Heuston.'
1007 Update from RTÉ's Western Editor Jim Fahy: An oil tanker has skidded and overturned on a road near Athenry in Co Galway. It happened at Newcastle on the Athenry Monavey road; two units of the fire brigade and gardaí are at the scene. The road is closed and attempts are being made to remove the lorry with a crane.
1000 South Dublin County Council on Twitter: 'Repair to leaking services at Maplewood Park, Tallaght underway. We may have to turn off the main in Maplewood Park for a short time today. Repairs to burst water main at Rowlagh Gardens, Neilstown - Customers in the area may have low pressure/no water whilst works are completed.'
0955 One of your comments caught my eye: 'We should have this service in the summer too. You could give us traffic/rain updates from the beaches around Ireland. You could update from a beach/beachside hotel too.'
That is the best idea I have ever heard. Ever. I've a sneaking suspicion it'll be hard to sell to the boss, though...
0950 GobusGalway update on Twitter: 'All services operating as normal. Please allow extra time for your journey due to the weather conditions.'
0948 We'll have a few of your images up in a while, folks. There are more coming in to us than we can possibly cope with, and some of them - while stunning - are not useable because of our picture dimensions (16:9, so photographs in a portrait orientation unfortunately will not work). But a big thank you to all who have sent in photos. And you can look at all the snow galleries so far here.
0930 Update from RTÉ News’s Southeastern Correspondent Damien Tiernan:
Road conditions in many parts of the southeast are treacherous with black ice on hundreds of secondary roads the main cause for concern.
There were no fresh snowfalls overnight in most areas but local authority workers have been out since 4am making sure national roads are clear and salted. They hope to get to some secondary roads throughout the day.
Driving conditions in many upland parts of Co Wicklow are particularly difficult and dangerous.
0925 Update from RTÉ News’s Northwest Correspondent Eileen Magnier:
In Leitrim ice is the main problem this morning. Leitrim County Council has a full crew out working since early morning treating national primary routes and they are also trying to get to as many secondary roads on a needs basis where there are problems. The council head office is staffed today if people need to make contact. An ongoing concern, according to a council spokesman, is water, with supplies under threat. People are asked to conserve water and check for leaks. Farmers in particular are asked to check their outside connections.
In Donegal there is black ice on many stretches of road across the county and the back of Errigal road has been closed from Termon to Dunlewey. People are being warned not to drive unless absolutely necessary and if they do then to take extreme care. Main roads have been treated but caution is still necessary.
In Sligo roads and footpaths in the town and county remain very dangerous following overnight rain and freezing temperatures, according to a council spokesman. Priority routes have been treated but drivers are still advised to take extreme care.
0910 South Dublin County Council on Twitter: 'All main roads wet and passable after treatment. Untreated roads may be slippy after overnight thaw and refreezing.'
0851 Recent update from Irish Rail on Twitter: 'Significant delays to trains leaving Heuston: mechanical fault to 07.30 Heuston to Galway near Adamstown.'
0845 Update from Dublin Bus: '...operating a full bus service but due to the adverse weather conditions there are curtailments to a number of bus routes. A full list of the routes affected is available on www.dublinbus.ie or on www.transport.ie, which are being updated constantly as more information becomes available.'
0836 County Council updates on Twitter:
Kerry: The cross at The Shanty Bar and road from Shanty Bar to Quills Cross very slippery. All roads in Kenmare area are very slippery. Main routes operating normally. Local roads in Castleisland area slippery.
Mayo: N60 between Claremorris and Ballyhaunis very icy. Extreme care needed on all roads throughout the county including treated roads; many reports of ice.
0831 Don't worry, I haven't gone awol. Just not a lot to report at the moment. You'd know it was the weekend.
0759 Irish Rail update: Full services across Intercity, DART and commuter routes except M3 Parkway to Clonsilla. Customers for Dunboyne/M3 Parkway are advised to use Dublin Bus or Bus Éireann scheduled services.
0755 Update from Dublin Airport on Twitter: 'Industrial action by Spanish air traffic controllers is ongoing. Please check with your airline if travelling to Spain.'
0752 Yesterday some of you were saying we should by-line these updates. It's a collective effort here; hence we haven't been using by-lines. However, if anyone would like to make a charitable donation then I'd be happy to add in my name, postal address, bank account details, whatever.
0742 Luas update: Red Line is now operating a full service in both directions between Tallaght and The Point Stop. Luas Connolly stop remains closed. The Green Line is operating in both directions between St Stephen's Green and Sandyford stops. There is a bus - Luas service in place (Finnegans Coaches) operating this morning for passengers travelling from Sandyford to Brides Glen stop. Note this bus does not stop at Carrickmines, Laughanstown and Cherrywood Stops.
0728 Recent update from Bus Éireann on Twitter: 'Most services operating fine this am with some delays and diversions in east and north east.'
0715 The AA says road temperatures are still well below zero on a number of routes and motorists are advised to drive with extreme care.
AA Roadwatch National Summary:
Carlow - A jack-knifed truck is blocking the M9 Dublin/Waterford Rd south of Carlow between J6 Leighlinbridge and J7 Paulstown. Gardaí are being diverted at these tow junctions. However, gardaí say the road is treacherous and should be avoided. Icy conditions around Co Carlow particularly on Tullow/Castledermot Rd (R418).
Clare - Black ice on N67 Lisdoonvarna/Ballyvaughan Rd & on Scarriff/Tuamgraney Rd.
Cork - Lovers Walk in Cork City is closed between the Middle & Lower Glanmire Rds. Diversion signs in place. Freezing fog in parts also. Treacherous around Midleton. Also avoid Whitegate/Midleton Rd as Ballinacurra to Lakeview R/A is impassable. In West Cork, hazardous on all approaches to Bandon & around Skibbereen & also very bad around Macroom & Bantry.
Galway - Very icy road conditions throughout Galway; there is an overturned truck on the Newbridge/Athenry Rd.
Kerry - The Ring of Kerry & Conor Pass are treacherous.
Kildare - Gardaí say there is freezing fog on the M7 and M9 throughout the county; visibility is down to 5 meters in some places. Motorists are strongly advised to reduce your speed, keep a safe distance from the vehicle in front and use your fog lights.
Laois - Black ice on many routes; especially bad around Abbeyleix, Stradbally & Portlaoise
Leitrim - Icy conditions around Carrick on Shannon and Manorhamilton, Glenfarne and Dromahair.
Louth/Meath - Extreme care advised on N2 Dublin/Monaghan Rd via Ashbourne, Slane and Collon. Ballybin Rd off the N2 in Ashbounrne is impassable.
Mayo - Icy conditions on secondary routes around Castlebar and Ballina.
Offaly - Gardaí say the Kinnitty/ Mountrath Rd (R440) remains impassable. The Cadamstown/Birr Rd (R421) is passable with extreme caution.
Sligo - Gardaí have reported black ice on a number of routes around Sligo Town. Gallows Hill and Connaughton Rd Car Park are closed due to treacherous conditions. Gardaí are advising motorists to avoid all hilly areas where possible. Also icy around Ballymoate.
Tipperary - Drive with care on the M8 Dublin/Cork Rd particularly between J6 Thurles and J9 Cashel due to patchy ice.
Ulster - Icy conditions remain on secondary routes in Cavan and Monaghan. In Co. Donegal, there are slushy, snowy conditions mainly on secondary roads around Killybegs and Ardragh. Stick to main roads.
Waterford - Conditions treacherous on N24 Carrick-on-Suir to Waterford Rd at the Pilltown Bypass. Gardaí say avoid the route if possible.
Wexford - Icy conditions reported throughout Co. Wexford. The Riverchapel/Courtown Rd is impassable. Very poor on Gorey/Ballycanew Rd (R741) and Bunclody Town.
Wicklow - Icy conditions on N81 from Rathvilly to Blessington. Road is passable but roads off the N81 should be avoided. Caution is advised on the Woodenbridge/Tinahely Rd (R747). Road conditions treacherous on secondary routes around Wicklow and Arklow. The Sally Gap and Wicklow Gap are closed.
0705 Dublin Airport is fully operational. Snow and ice clearing teams are on stand by should weather conditions deteriorate. Passengers intending to travel from Dublin Airport today are advised to consult with their airline's website before travelling to the airport.
0700 Good morning and welcome once again to our live text updates on the disruption wrought by snow and ice around the country. Doesn't seem to be as bad as the past few days but still icy all the same.
Firstly, a big thank you for all your positive comments yesterday. And of course feel free to keep them coming.
Something tells me there may be fewer of you reading this morning, what with it being the weekend and all that. In any case, whether you're on the way to work, at home in bed, or somewhere in between, just take care.
So, what's the weather forecast like? Here's the latest bulletin from Met Éireann:
Frosty and icy with patches of freezing fog in the midlands. Further rain and sleet showers in the south with snow showers falling mainly on higher ground. Dry and bright weather in the north will gradually spread to all areas later, although further showers are likely along the north coast. Highest temperatures of one to four degrees.
One to four degrees? We're getting spoilt.
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