Up to 10cm of snow fell in Kildare last night according to county council

Severe Weather Team due to meet again this morning

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Up to  10cm of snow fell in Kildare according to county council

Snow in Rathangan this morning

Up to 10cm of snow fell in Kildare last night according to Kildare County Council.

It's Severe Weather Team is due to meet this morning. Met Eireann issued a red weather alert at 5am this morning for five counties including Kildare. 

"Heavy overnight snowfall has led to accumulations of snow between 5 and 10cm.  Snow showers will continue to occur during today and again tonight with further accumulations.  Total snowfall up to midday Thursday may reach 25cm," said the council.

It is urging motorists using the roads to take extreme care today.

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The council activated its Severe Weather Plan on Monday in conjunction with An Garda Síochána, the H.S.E. and the Defence Forces.  

The Defence Forces have confirmed they will make their equipment and personnel available if required. 

Kildare County Council’s response teams including roads, water, fire, civil defence are on standby to deal with the impact of any severe weather.

The public are also encouraged to check on vulnerable neighbours.

Further updates will be published on the council website, 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, click here.

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.