Emergency services in Kildare are on high alert due to predicted worsening weather over the weekend.
Preparations are under way to deal with heavy snow and severe icy conditions which are expected to hit county Kildare from Friday onwards.
County council services – transportation, water supply, civil defence and fire brigades – along with the Garda, the army and the HSE have been alerted and have agreed to mobilise at short notice.
Kildare plays an essential role in the national transport network, and it carries the road and rail links between Dublin and 80% of the country. Three major motorways, the M4, M7 and M9, run through the county: and keeping these open is a key objective of the county council and its partners in responding to severe weather.
Kildare County Council's road clearing resources are likely to be fully committed to work on the motorways and other major roads. However, the council does not expect to be in a position to treat all roads or footpaths. Local communities and property owners may want to help themselves in this regard, especially at supermarket carparks, schools, churches and housing estates.
Public water supplies in the county are functioning but have been affected by taps being left running and by leaks. Consumers have been asked to conserve water, and the county council is reducing pressures at night: shut-downs may also be necessary to assure supplies for the wider population.