Members of the Defence Forces at work clearing snow recently
Kildare County Council are advising that road conditions in North Kildare will remain particularly challenging throughout Monday night and Tuesday and motorists are advised to avoid all unnecessary journeys.
The council has warned that many roads in the county are still treacherous but especially in North Kildare. KCC crews worked throughout the day and will continue tonight clearing regional roads and other strategic routes around the county. The focus is currently on roads in Rathangan, North Kildare and the Kilteel area where in total there are in excess of 100 machines at work.
However many roads are still treacherous with large volumes of accumulated snow. According to a statement a number of routes have been re-opened today to two way traffic, further details are published on their website.
However, in some cases it will be necessary to close routes temporarily to allow access for machinery to work on clearing a second lane. Defence Forces personnel are still on the ground assisting with clearing snow in various locations around the county.
As temperatures may drop as low as -3 tonight, salting and gritting of roads will be monitored and a decision on this will be made later by the council in the evening.
Employers and employees are asked to consider staggering opening and start times to reduce peak volumes of commuter traffic as well as exploring options for working from home.
Where possible the Fire Service and Civil Defence are attempting to assist An Garda Siochana, the Health Services and other care services to deal with emergency situations.
Meanwhile KCC water services have located a major burst, which is affecting the Hazelhatch Road area of Celbridge. Repair works will commence first thing tomorrow morning, however we have no estimated supply restoration time at present. Alternative water supplies are available on the KCC website.
The public are urged to conserve water supplies due to the high demand beingexperienced at present.
Met Eireann have issued a status Orange weather warning and a snow-ice warningfor Leinster valid until 10 am on Tuesday 06 March 2018. They forecast that the weather tonight will bring a mix of cloud and clear spells with just a few isolated showers. Cold with frost and ice forming in parts as temperatures dip to between -3 and +2 Celsius, coldest inland. Mist and fog will form also in light, variable breezes.
The public are again encouraged to check on vulnerable neighbours.The Peter McVerry Trust, on behalf of Kildare County Council has put the ColdWeather Initiative for the county into operation and since Tuesday have providedshelter for 29 people. The freephone out of hours number for this service is 1800804 307.
Kildare County Council’s Crisis Management Team will reconvene at 10.00 hourstomorrow, Tuesday, or earlier if necessary, and further updates and will be published social media and KCC website.
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