As our weather conditions are deteriorating RSA has issued an UPDATE Road Safety Alert which gives comprehensive advice in how to stay safe on our roads–
Status RED and Orange for Snow & Wind. Please stay safe on our roads over the coming bad spell.
Wednesday 28 February @ 2.30pm. Met Eireann has upgraded its severe weather rating for Storm Emma to Orange and Red in various parts of the country. The warnings are in place for wind and snow, with blizzard conditions in some parts of the country that will result in significant accumulations of snow.
The Red warning that has been put in place applies to counties in Munster (Clare, Cork, Kerry, Limerick, Tipperary, Waterford) and Leinster (Carlow, Dublin, Kildare, Kilkenny, Laois, Longford, Louth, Meath, Offaly, Westmeath, Wexford and Wicklow).
Blizzard-like conditions will develop in heavy snow and strong easterly winds on Thursday evening and will continue Thursday night and Friday morning giving significant snow drifts in many areas. The Red warning is valid from 16:00 hours Thu, 01-Mar-2018 until 12:00 hours Fri, 02-Mar-2018.
Road users are being advised not to make any unnecessary journeys, or be outside, in areas covered by, and during the period of, the Red weather warning.
An Orange warning has been put in place for counties Cavan and Monaghan including counties in Connacht (Galway, Leitrim, Mayo, Roscommon and Sligo). It is forecast that persistent snow will develop on Thursday night and will continue into Friday in these areas. Together with strong easterly winds this may lead to snow drifts.
Road users are being advised to take extreme care when using the roads in area affected by the Orange weather warning and not to make unnecessary journeys. The orange alert is valid from 20:00 hours Thu, 01-Mar-2018 until 12:00 hours Fri, 02-Mar-2018.
Road users are again being urged to check local weather and traffic updates before considering making a journey and to heed any advice being given by the National Emergency Coordination Committee, An Garda Síochána or Local Authority.
For a copy of the RSA’s ‘Top 10 tips for driving in snow or icy conditions’ click here.
For a copy of the RSA’s ‘Top 10 tips to avoid a fall or slip in snow or icy conditions’ click here.
For safety tips for Pedestrians, Cyclists and Motorcyclists using the roads in snow and icy conditions can be found here.
For advice on severe weather driving tips and weather updates, please see severe weather advice on the RSA website or check out the RSA Facebook and Twitter pages.
See advice on driving in ice or snow in our series of severe weather warning videos created in collaboration with Teresa Mannion.
For more weather updates visit Met Eireann’s website www.met.ie