A HUGE fall of snow across Limerick has caused several road traffic accidents and disruption this Wednesday morning.
There was serious disruptions on roads around Limerick as the region received its biggest snow fall for many years.
There are reports coming in this Wednesday morning of a number of road traffic accidents on roads around Limerick.
There were long delays reported with traffic at a standstill on the M7 near the Ballysimon interchange after an accident involving two cars and a truck. This has since been cleared but traffic remains heavy.
Elsewhere traffic was moving slowly as motorists drove cautiously, with roads slippy but passable in most areas in and around the city.
There were two accidents on the Cappamore Road this morning with one car overturned near the old Welcome Inn and a collision outside Doon village. Traffic was backed up for a time but no major injuries have been reported.
One man who knows the roads of East Limerick better than anyone is Tim Kelly of Pallasgreen based Kelly Travel.
“East Limerick seemed to be pretty bad in particular, more so than some other areas going on what’s on social media and on-line. We managed to get all of our school routes completed this morning without too much hassle. We are fairly used to it,” said Tim, who had 14 buses on the move.
Barna outside Newcastle West has been badly affected, with two drivers reportedly having had to abandon their trucks on the outbound lanes. The areas around Carrigkerry, Athea and Kilfinane are also affected, with poor driving conditions.
Up to three inches of snow fell overnight in Kilmallock and the surrounding areas. Despite the treacherous road conditions schools in Kilmallock and Kilfinane are open. Scoil Dean Cussen primary school in Bruff however is closed.
An accident on the M7 has caused long delays for commuters travelling into the city from south Limerick with a tailback of almost a mile from the Kilmallock roundabout in the city out the Kilmallock road, at 8.30am.
Two important Harty cup hurling school matches due to take place today - Ardscoil Ris v Bandon in Mallow and Castletroy v Youghal in Cahir - have been called off.
In schools rugby St Clements are due to play Glentsal at UL, but there is no confirmation on this game as of 10am this morning.
The weather forecast from Met Eireann is for scattered snow showers at first this morning, with icy patches on untreated surfaces clearing only slowly. Becoming mainly dry for a time, then cloud and rain soon spreading east early this afternoon.
Fresh, southwesterly winds moderating this morning but winds backing southerly in the afternoon will increase strong to gale force with the onset of rain. Rather cold for much of the day, although temperatures will rise to between 8 and 10 degrees Celsius later. The early part of tonight will continue wet and very windy, but rain will soon clear east, and winds veering southwesterly will moderate slightly.
The rest of the night will be mainly dry with clear spells but winds will strengthen again overnight. Despite the increasing wind, temperatures will drop close to 0 degrees Celsius and some ice may form on untreated surfaces.
Thursday will start mainly dry and bright in the east but showers or longer outbreaks of rain will become widespread in the afternoon and evening. Winds veering westerly during the day will continue to touch gale force at times and it will feel very cold. Highest temperatures just 5 to 7 degrees Celsius.