Gardai warn Kildare motorists not to travel unless necessary due to snow

Heavy snowfall overnight

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Gardai warning Kildare motorists not to travel unless nessacary due to snow

The snow is back

After heavy snowfall overnight, Gardai in Kildare are urging motorists not to travel unless necessary. According to gardai, visibility has been greatly decreased due to snow and wind, and there have been reports of a number of minor collisions.

An orange weather alert remains in place today.

AA Roadwatch is also reporting that there is a collision on the M7 northbound.

Kildare County Council's emergency team met yesterday to discuss implications of bad weather around the county, and are due to meet again this morning. Emergency services are on standby to deal with the snow, which fell in greater quantities than expected last night.

Gardai are asking road users to check local weather and traffic conditions and be aware of the conditions before setting out on a trip.

•Drivers should reduce speed and increase braking distances.

•Use dipped headlights at all times to ensure you are seen by other motorists.

•Watch out for vulnerable road users such as pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists and allow extra space.

•Cyclists and motorcyclists check local road conditions and consider alternative transport where necessary.

•Pedestrians should walk on a footpath, not on the street. Walk on the right hand side of the road, facing traffic if there are no footpaths

Motorists, before commencing your journey

•Clear your windows and mirrors before you set out, carry a screen scraper and de-icer. Do not use hot water on the windscreen.