Snow falls hamper road conditions across city and county

HEAVY SNOWFALLS have badly affected roads across Limerick city and county, with motorists being urged to travel with caution this weekend.

HEAVY SNOWFALLS have badly affected roads across Limerick city and county, with motorists being urged to travel with caution this weekend.

Main roads in and around the city are passable after the heavy fall of snow over night on Friday, but areas around County Limerick have been particularly badly hit, with garda and local authorities reporting most roads to be "very bad all over" and urging motorists to travel with extreme care on secondary and other rural roads.

Road conditions around the Mid-West area remain treacherous and the main N21 route between Newcastlewest and Abbeyfeale is particularly bad, as is the approach road to Bruff.

Local councillor Patrick O'Donovan made a call on Saturday morning for the Defence Forces to be drafted into Newcastle West to help with clearing footpaths and roads, in order to help facilitate shoppers on the last Saturday before Christmas, traditionally one of the busiest of the year.

In the city, garda also urged caution in city housing estates, which have been badly hit.

Shannon Airport remains open, but some delays or cancellations are thought likely, particularly flights to the UK which has been severly affected by the extreme weather conditions. Heathrow is closed until at least 5pm this evening, while Gatwick is also experiencing major problems. Passengers are advised to check with their airline before travelling to Shannon.