UPDATE: People advised to stay indoors across Co. Kildare at height of blizzard conditions tomorrow

Temperatures to drop to -6 tonight

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UPDATE: People advised to stay indoors across Co. Kildare at height of blizzard conditions

Kildare County Council's head offices at Aras Chill Dara, Naas

Kildare County Council’s Crises Management Team has endorsed the National Emergency Coordination Group's advice urging people to stay indoors across the county while the red weather alert is in place due to public safety fears which could arise from blizard like conditions tomorrow.

The team, which incorporates the Severe Weather Assessment Team, reconvened for a second time today at 3.15pm to discuss and analyse the impact of the severe weather being experienced in County Kildare.

It is also continuing to work in close co-operation with An Garda Siochana, the HSE and the Defence Forces.

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"The council’s response teams including roads, water, fire, civil defence are actively engaged in dealing with the current weather situation. Currently we have nine snowploughs in operation, in conjunction with 20 privately contracted ploughs and ploughs supplied by the Defence Forces. In addition Civil Defence are using seven four wheel drive vehicles to assist members of the public in difficulty and to ensure Kildare County Council truck drivers and members of An Garda Siochana can get to their places of work," it said.

Water Services continue to monitor the water infrastructure in Kildare and have not experienced any major issues so far.

"As temperatures are expected to reach a low of -6 degrees celsius tonight, (Wednesday), motorists are urged to continue to exercise caution on all roads when driving and to avoid any unnecessary journeys. Please review the Winter Ready Booklet on our website for useful information," it added.

"The main concern at national level remains the forecast for Thursday night and Friday. Storm Emma coming up from the south will meet the polar air from the east and will give rise to heavy snowfalls, starting in the south of the country at approx. 16.00 hr on Thurs evening and spreading up across Munster and Leinster. With winds up to 100 km/hr allied with the snowfall, Met Eireann have issued a RED LEVEL WARNING for Munster and Leinster extending from 16.00 hrs Thurs to 12.00 noon on Friday."

The public are also encouraged to check on vulnerable neighbours.

Kildare County Council’s Crisis Management Team will reconvene again tomorrow and further updates will be published on its website, Facebook and Twitter.

The Peter McVerry Trust, on behalf of Kildare County Council have put 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 and is operational at all times.

If you need to contact the council for urgent matters please telephone: 1890 500 333

The Defence Forces said it deployed 60 army personnel and 16 vehicles today in a range of tasks to support the local authorities.

 The “manpower and mobility” deployments using 4x4, and other specialist vehicles, took place in Kilkenny, Wexford, Waterford, Cork, Kerry, Kildare, Dublin and Donegal.

Troops from the Defence Forces Training Centre in Kildare transported essential nursing staff in 4x4 vehicles to a local nursing home and also provided a snowplough to Kildare County council for use in Newbridge, Athgarvan, Kilcullen and the Curragh.

"Defence Forces personnel remain on stand by around the country and are liaising with their local authorities regarding requests for support that may be required tonight and tomorrow," said a spokesperson.

"Staff Officers from Defence Forces Operations Branch are attending all National Emergency Coordination Group meetings, where they advise on Defence Forces capabilities and resources."