Snow ploughs out as Kildare County Council advises people to stay off roads

Emergency team met Sunday morning and will reconvene later tonight

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Snow ploughs out as Kildare County Council advises people to stay off roads

The road near Dag Weld's in Blackwood on Sunday morning, March 18

Kildare County Council snow ploughs are out this morning and salting crews were working overnight, the local authority said in a statement this morning after its Severe Weather Assessment Team team met at 10am.

An Orange Weather Warning has been extended until 6pm this evening in County Kildare. Heavier than expected snows fell overnight and further snow showers are expected today. This could lead to further accumulations and some drifting, KCC warns. 

Kildare County Council’s crews were out overnight salting and ploughing snow on the regional and strategic routes in the county and this work will continue during the day. However, road surfaces are icy in places with accumulations of snow and the public are advised not to make unnecessary journeys.

The Peter McVerry Trust, on behalf of Kildare County Council, will be continue to provide shelter for people sleeping rough during the severe weather conditions. The freephone number for this service is 1800 804 307.  

The public are encouraged to check on vulnerable neighbours.

The Severe Weather Assessment Team will re-convene this evening to plan operations overnight and early tomorrow.

Kildare County Council emergency contact information for this weekend:

Out of hours  - 1890 500 333

Homeless out of hours – 1800 804 307

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