Carlow Co Co Severe Weather Alert Update 9.30am

Carlow Co Co Severe Weather Alert Update 9.30am

Carlow County Council Severe Weather Alert Update Monday 5th March at 09.30

Current Met Éireann Level Orange Snow-ice Warning for Leinster, Cavan, Monaghan, Cork, Tipperary and Waterford valid from Sunday 04 March 2018 12:00 to Monday 05 March 2018 12:00.

Widespread lying snow and ice will continue to lead to hazardous conditions. There will be a risk of localised flooding due to rising river levels and there will be areas of surface water pooling. Mountainous catchments and urban areas most affected.

General forecast as follows:

  • Mist and fog will gradually lift this morning to give a rather cold and mostly cloudy day, with patches of rain or drizzle. Later today however some bright or sunny spells will develop. Snow-melt will continue, leading to an accumulation of surface water and the ongoing risk of flooding. Maximum temperatures of 4 to 7 degrees Celsius, in near calm.

  • Cold tonight with a mix of cloud and clear spells and just isolated showers. Treacherous conditions will persist as frost and ice set in. Lowest temperatures -3 and +2 degrees Celsius. Mist and fog will also form in light variable breeze

Carlow County Council recommenced snow clearance operations at first light today.  Operations concentrated in areas to the North East of the County around Hacketstown, the South of the County around Borris and to the West around Old Leighlin.  Main routes will be prioritised.  Due to the scale of the snowfall and extent of drifting, the Council is requesting assistance from the public with the following:

  1. Clearing snow from footpaths in front of their premises in urban and village areas

  2. Clearing snow from roads and footpaths in housing estates

  3. People with equipment such as high-power tractors with loading shovels to assist in clearing snow drifts from local roads

It has been confirmed by the Government that individuals in the community including those with heavy equipment can clear local roads once they do so with common sense and on a voluntary basis.

An issue has arisen at the Sion X Water Treatment Plant which has resulted in the need to close down the Plant. This matter is being investigated. The Central Regional Water Supply Scheme at Raheenleigh, serving Myshall, Fenagh, Carrigduff, Kildavin, Clonegal and Ballon is reaching the point where demand is exceeding production.  Customers are requested to conserve water and not to have taps running and to check for any leaks.

Carlow County Council’s Inter-Agency Severe Weather Co-Ordination Group continue to monitor the situation and to co-ordinate the response to the weather event.  The Council Crisis Management Team, including a dedicated phone line 0599170302, will remain in place at the County Council Offices until further notice.

Updates will be published on our website http://www.carlow.ie , and Twitter and MapAlerter.

For more information and advice about being prepared for adverse weather conditions, visit our website http://www.carlow.ie  and BE WINTER READYwww.winterready.ie


Dedicated line for Severe Weather-related issues (excluding water service calls)


For Water related issues call 1890 278 278


Motorists are requested to exercise extreme caution in areas where snow and ice is still present and are advised that only essential journeys should be undertaken.


The public is requested to heed the requirements of the Orange Level Warnings and to be aware of the following key safety messages:

  • Some regional and local roads remain unsafe for driving and should be avoided to allow Council crews carryout snow clearance operations.

  • In some areas where roads have been cleared snow drifts remain on the road edges.  Motorists are advised to exercise extreme caution from ice/snow falling back onto the road at these locations – particularly as the thaw sets in.

  • The public should assume all electricity lines to be live and report any fallen lines to ESB Networks.

  • Take care while out walking in snow and in particular to be aware of footpaths that were cleared may have frozen over.

  • Pedestrians need to be aware of overhead hazards when heading outside.  Fallen icicles and chunks of snow pose a serious risk.  Be aware of what is happening above you and stay clear from the edges of buildings.

  • Keep away from rivers where levels can rise rapidly as snow begins to melt.

  • Remember emergency services will take longer to respond to call outs due to the weather conditions.

  • Check in with elderly and vulnerable neighbours by phone.

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