Snow leads to poor driving conditions in Limerick

Leader Reporters


Leader Reporters

A postcard scene from County Limerick this Tuesday morning. Photographer Moss Fitzgerald took this picture of sheep in the snow near Shrove, Kilbehenny. Moss informs us the sheep belongs to farmer Jack Cunningham
A HEAVY fall of snow this Tuesday morning made for poor driving conditions around Limerick.

A HEAVY fall of snow this Tuesday morning made for poor driving conditions around Limerick.

Limerick motorists had a treacherous journey to work this morning with black ice reported in places.

Bruff Gardai reported just one accident in their area which has since been cleared. The M7 between junction 27 and 28 has reopened after a crash was also cleared.

There were a number of accidents in the city and environs but no serious injuries have been reported.

One man who was out early this morning was Tim Kelly of Kelly Travel, based in Pallasgreen.

“It was quite bad in places, especially the rural areas around Hospital, Galbally, all up around Kilfinane were particularly bad. There was an amount of snow on the ground this morning, at 6am that froze and created some black ice on some of the bye roads in sheltered spots,” said Tim.

He says it was very slippy after snow froze on the ground and was especially hazardous for motorists who were out early and drove on it while still fresh.

But despite the inclement conditions all their 18 buses carrying pupils to school and their commuter services made their journeys without incident.

A status orange weather warning remains in place with Met Eireann forecasting it will be “cold tonight, with clear spells and showers, some wintry”.

“If it continues snowing like it is now and freezes again tonight, tomorrow will be even worse,” said Tim.

A combination of snow and icy conditions made roads treacherous throughout West Limerick this morning. However, gardai say there have been no road closures to date.

Upland areas around Abbeyfeale and Tournafulla were worst affected by heavy snowfalls with dangerous driving conditions on some secondary roads. However, main roads were generally reported to be clear of snow.

In the city roads were busy this morning but there was no massive disruption. There were several flurries of snow but little in the way of ice as a result.

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