Offaly County Council on standby amid snow and ice warning

Justin Kelly

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Offaly County Council on standby amid snow and ice warning

Offaly County Council are on alert for challenging weather after Met Éireann issued a status yellow snow and ice warning for the whole country from 6am on Tueaday until Saturday afternoon.

The weather forcecast for the remainder of the week indicates unsettled and very cold weather with frost and some sleet and snow anticipated with Offaly most at risk on Thursday.

"We prepare for such a week and any night where frost is forecast in line with our Winter Service Plan available on our website," the council said. 

"We treat 430km of national routes and regional routes above a certain traffic count. Routes are prioritised on the volume of traffic on the roads. More information on this is available in the Winter Maintenance Plan."

"Offaly County Council Engineers monitor the forecast and information and graphs from the weather stations across the region to determine the level of salt treatment required and the best time to start treating," management said.

"If necessary our drivers will cover the routes a number of times throughout the day and night. If the snow is significant to warrant ploughing we will plough and treat. Our salt barns are full and the plant and equipment is checked and ready to mobilise."

"Unnecessary travel during periods of severe weather should be avoided if at all possible," OCC advised. 

"Those taking to the roads should do so with due care and attention considering the conditions to be encountered. Road users should not assume that roads included in the winter service plan have been treated and are free of ice at all times."

Offaly County Council will be posting regular updates on social media and on www.offaly.ie.