Longford Weather Alert: People warned against complacency as Status Orange Weather warning extended by Met Éireann
Met Éireann has extended the latest Status Orange Weather Warning for Munster, Leinster, Cavan and Monaghan.
It is a Snow-ice Warning and warns of widespread lying snow and icy conditions continuing to make many roads and paths very slippery. Snow melt will continue to increase river-levels and may also lead to localised surface water flooding.
The update was issued at 3pm today and is in force until 12pm tomorrow.
Meanwhile, although the worst of the extreme weather has passed, Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Shane Ross T.D. has appealed to people to remain cautious, avoid unnecessary road travel and stay local.
Speaking from the National Emergency Co-Ordination Centre this morning, Minister Ross said, “I have been advised that road conditions are still treacherous in some areas. Many roads and in particular entrances to housing estates are still impassable.”
“Therefore, even though the status red warming has been lifted, I would still strongly advise people to take only the most necessary of journeys. Public transport has resumed in many areas, although services are limited. Therefore it is important for people to check their transport provider before they leave home.
"As advised yesterday please do not use the roads today unless you absolutely have to. If possible give the local authorities the space to clear the roads. As temperatures rise there will also be a risk of flooding in some areas.
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"Yesterday and last night abandoned cars impeded road clearances and we would appeal to people today to use common sense and not risk their own safety and that of our emergency services.
“And so, I again appeal to anyone who is thinking of making a journey to stop, ask themselves if they really need to get into that car, and if possible, decide against it. Don’t make unnecessary journeys, enjoy the unexpected break and remember Monday morning will be here all too soon.”