Kildare County Council on standby with at least 5cm of snow expected per day in Kildare next week

Council's Severe Weather Assessment Team to meet on Monday

Justin Kelly

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Met Éireann has issued a Status Yellow weather warning for the entire country.

The advisory from the national forecaster will be in effect for a full week from today, Friday, February 23 at 12pm until Friday, March 2 at 12pm.

The cold weather system expected to bring Scandinavian and Siberian temperatures has been labelled 'the beast from the East' with values set to plummet well below zero.

Met Éireann warns of "exceptionally cold weather for next week with significant wind chill and severe frosts."

They also predict "disruptive snow showers are expected from Tuesday onwards, particularly in the east and southeast."

The weather is set to get gradally colder over the weekend with daytime temperature languishing around 5 or 6 degrees, with nighttime temperatures of -2.

However, next week is predicted to be exceptionally cold with daytime temperatures staying below freezing with -5 values expected overnight next week.

The Status Yellow from Met Éireann is valid from 12pm today until 12pm on Friday, March 2.

Kildare County Council said snowfalls of at least 5cms per day are expected in Dublin, Wicklow and Wexford and the wider Leinster area, including Kildare.

It said conditions will be made even more difficult by the fact that the snow will be falling during freezing conditions.

"As the situation becomes clearer, Met Éireann will issue weather warnings with predicated levels of snowfall. This weather event is likely to have significant and disruptive impact on the public transport network, the education sector may be affected also. There may also be some disruption to water infrastructure, including waste water infrastructure, although it is difficult to fully assess impacts at this time," said a council spokesperson.

She said Kildare County Council's Severe Weather Assessment Team have analysed the current information available and are scheduled to meet on Monday morning to assess the situation. Kildare County Council Road Crews, Fire Service and Civil Defence teams are on alert and ready to respond.

The Peter McVerry Trust, on behalf of Kildare County Council will be putting the Cold Weather Initiative for the county into operation to provide shelter for people sleeping rough during the severe weather conditions and the Freephone Number for this service is 1800 804 307.

Further updates will be published on our website http://kildare.ie/countycouncil, Facebook and Twitter.
Kildare County Council Contact information
 During office hours - 045 980200

 Out of hours - 1890 500 333
 Homeless out of hours – 1800 804 307

For more information about being prepared for adverse weather conditions, visit

Met Éireann has issued a Status Yellow weather warning for the entire country.

The advisory from the national forecaster will be in effect for a full week from today, Friday, February 23 at 12pm until Friday, March 2 at 12pm.

The cold weather system expected to bring Scandinavian and Siberian temperatures has been labelled 'the beast from the East' with values set to plummet well below zero.

Met Éireann warns of "exceptionally cold weather for next week with significant wind chill and severe frosts."

They also predict "disruptive snow showers are expected from Tuesday onwards, particularly in the east and southeast."

The weather is set to get gradally colder over the weekend with daytime temperature languishing around 5 or 6 degrees, with nighttime temperatures of -2.

However, next week is predicted to be exceptionally cold with daytime temperatures staying below freezing with -5 values expected overnight next week.

The Status Yellow from Met Éireann is valid from 12pm today until 12pm on Friday, March 2.

Kildare County Council said snowfalls of at least 5cms per day are expected in Dublin, Wicklow and Wexford and the wider Leinster area, including Kildare.

It said conditions will be made even more difficult by the fact that the snow will be falling during freezing conditions.

"As the situation becomes clearer, Met Éireann will issue weather warnings with predicated levels of snowfall. This weather event is likely to have significant and disruptive impact on the public transport network, the education sector may be affected also. There may also be some disruption to water infrastructure, including waste water infrastructure, although it is difficult to fully assess impacts at this time," said a council spokesperson.

She said Kildare County Council's Severe Weather Assessment Team have analysed the current information available and are scheduled to meet on Monday morning to assess the situation. Kildare County Council Road Crews, Fire Service and Civil Defence teams are on alert and ready to respond.

The Peter McVerry Trust, on behalf of Kildare County Council will be putting the Cold Weather Initiative for the county into operation to provide shelter for people sleeping rough during the severe weather conditions and the Freephone Number for this service is 1800 804 307.

Further updates will be published on our website http://kildare.ie/countycouncil, Facebook and Twitter.
Kildare County Council Contact information
 During office hours - 045 980200

 Out of hours - 1890 500 333
 Homeless out of hours – 1800 804 307

For more information about being prepared for adverse weather conditions, visit
http://kildare.ie/CountyCouncil/EmergencyNewsandInformation