Monday, February 08, 2021

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THE National Directorate for Fire and Emergency Management Crisis Management Team met again today to review the upcoming weather situation in Ireland. Ahead of serious weather warnings for snow, frost and ice, the team met with Met √Čireann, the OPW, local authorities and Government Departments to monitor the forecasts.

Relevant preparations are in place regarding the potential impact of snow, ahead of what is believed to be a Severe Weather event.

A weather advisory is in place until Wednesday evening for cold conditions and wintry showers. Forecasts at present indicate scattered, wintry showers of sleet or snow, mainly affecting the east and northeast today (Monday). Overnight tonight and into tomorrow, Tuesday, the sleet and snow showers will spread further westwards, but remaining frequent in the east and northeast where accumulations may reach 4 to 5cm. There is a potential for yellow snow/ice warning to be issued for this.

Wintry showers will remain in the east and northeast again on Wednesday. Given the low temperatures, it is unlikely any remaining snow from Tuesday will thaw. Cold temperatures are predicted throughout the coming days, with night temperatures likely to be below freezing in most areas, and daytime temperatures will remain low also.

Thursday could potentially bring widespread snowfall and significant accumulations across the country, bringing a potential for considerable disruption.

Local authorities outlined preparedness actions which local authorities are leading on, including:

  • Making sure extra beds are available for homeless / rough sleepers in line with the Cold Weather Strategy 20/21;
  • Road Treatment (winter maintenance);
  • Activation of crisis management and an inter-agency response;
  • Community Call staff in place to assist vulnerable and isolated persons; and
  • Public communications of information and safety messages via local news media and social media.

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