The Local Coordination Group involving Gardai and Offaly County Council staff have had isues trying to treat roads overnight.
Significant snowfalls have occurred over night and Met Éireann have advised Offaly and indeed the whole country is now at Status RED until at least 3pm tomorrow.
The group say that Offaly roads were treated and ploughed overnight and that work is continuing this morning.
There is heay snow and accumulations on all routes despite continued ploughing throughout the night.
Due to major visibility issues and the depth of snow on Priority 2 and 3 routes, drivers were unable to continue ploughing some of these roads.
These issues were most prevalent on the Birr and Edenderry routes with drivers able to plough the N52, N62 and Tullamore to Edenderry/Portarlington routes only. Priority 1 routes continue to be treated.
Crews are working to keep treated routes operational. However road users are advised to exercise extreme caution due to the significant snowfall. People should only go out in emergency situations.
Treatment and ploughing has been deployed in Tullamore, Edenderry and Birr Town from 6am this morning.
A risk assessment will be carried out this morning to assess treating and ploughing in extreme blizzard conditions.
The following roads in the County remain closed:
• Kinnitty to Mountrath road, the R440 Regional Road and the L8001-1 (across the Slieve Blooms).
• L-4025-1 and L-4025-2 Kinnitty Road to Roscrea is closed in Kinnitty Village to Brereton’s Pub.
• The Whitehall Bridge in Tullamore
Where resources are available, footpaths in the county's main towns are also being cleared but the council would ask all households and businesses to clear footpaths and areas outside their premises of snow at an early stage to ensure the safety of the public.
Road users are advised to exercise extreme caution. Don’t travel unless absolutely necessary. Where travel is essential be aware you need to be indoors before 4pm.
Gardaí have advised that they are prioritising and risk assessing all calls and that in the event of minor accidents where no injury arises, details should be exchanged and the accident can be reported at a later date.
Gardai have reports of a number of minor material damage traffic accidents.
"We would ask the public to check www.winterready.ie for advice on how to deal with potential adverse weather conditions. Please check on the elderly and isolated neighbours and friends and ensure they have adequate stocks of food, fuel and medicine."
All Council Offices, including libraries and civic amenity centres, will be closed to the public for the remainder of this week. Staff will continue to maintain essential services during this current weather event.
"As of 4pm today Thursday 1st March until 3pm Friday 2nd March, we are asking all members of the public heed the official advice frome the National Emergency Coordination Centre and stay indoors during this time as blizzard conditions are likely."
"Please do not endanger your own life or those of the emergency services and abide by this national advice."
The main contact number for emergencies is 057 93 46800 and our out of hours/emergency number is 1890 750 750
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