Temperature expected to rise in Limerick area later in the week

COLD weather conditions are expected to persist throughout the week, with Met Eireann advising that frost and ice will be slow to clear in the Limerick area today.

COLD weather conditions are expected to persist throughout the week, with Met Eireann advising that frost and ice will be slow to clear in the Limerick area today.

However, is predicted that temperatures will rise from minus 1 this Wednesday to 6 degrees by Friday.

Many more schools across county Limerick are likely to close over the coming days.

Ahane National School in Lisnagry was forced to close this Tuesday due to hazardous road conditions. Secondary roads in many areas are extremely slippery and hazardous due to a combination of black ice, fresh and compacted snow. Motorists are again advised not to undertake any unnecessary journeys.

Limerick City Council are continuing to treat the worst affected roads, and have advised householders with frozen pipes to see www.limerickcity.ie on how to best deal with the problem.

Most Bus ireann services are operating around the country; with some delays and diversions in affected areas.

The Limerick to Dublin bus service at 8pm last night was cancelled due to deteriorating road and weather conditions. Passengers are advised to visit www.buseireann.ie for updates.

Shannon Airport remained open last night, but passengers were advised to check with their carrier for latest details as flights can still be impacted due to weather conditions at other airports.

Fianna Fail deputy for Limerick west, Niall Collins, said local authorities are being put under increased pressure due to the adverse weather conditions.

"It's very unusual for the country to be hit with this type of weather so early in the winter season," said Deputy Collins. "It is not a situation we are used to in this country and every county in the country is being affected by the weather.

"That is putting a lot of pressure on the local authorities in all corners of the country and costing them to use up their finances on various measures to improve conditions locally."

He urged Limerick County Council, in particular, to apply to the department for the environment for additional funding under the €15 million contingency fund.