MORE than four inches of snow fell in areas around county Limerick overnight this Tuesday, causing some roads to become impassable after the “heaviest snowfall seen in many years”.
Motorists were abandoning their vehicles this morning as heavy snow made driving conditions treacherous around Kilfinane and Ardpatrick and are advised to avoid the area if possible.
Limerick Leader journalist Aine Fitzgerald attempted to drive to Kilfinane but had to turn back.
“I have never seen such treacherous conditions. The guy in front of me just abandoned his van as he kept skidding across the road. The car in front of him was also abandoned...I had to turn back,” she explained.
She said motorists were complaining that there appeared to be little in the way of grit put on the roads.
“The road to Kilfinane is impassable people should stay away for the present and I am told that Ardpatrick is impassable as well,” said Aine.
“Locals in Kilfinane say the snowfall is heaviest they have seen in many, many years,” she added.
A council spokesperson said that the local authority “began gritting roads at midnight last night” but said that a full status update for the area around Kilmallock would be issued in due course.
UPDATE: According to reports, Ballylanders has suffered badly also with roads in a bad state, with reports of trucks also getting stuck and causing traffic delays.
More details to follow when we have them.
FURTHER UPDATE: A spokesperson for the council has sent us this update:
“Crews are continuing to work throughout the morning in the Effin/Ardpatrick and Ballylanders areas where 4 inches of snow fell overnight.
Road crews are currently treating Kilfinane roads with the Cross of Black Road to Ardpatrick also being treated shortly.
Kilfinane and Ballylanders areas were both gritted at midnight last night as per the Council’s Winter maintenance plan but a localised snowfall around the Ballyhoura/Galtee Mountain area led to disruption early this morning.
Motorists are being advised to avoid the Ardpatrick and Kilfinane areas. The Ballylanders to Mitchelstown Road is currently open and moving slowly.
Please drive extremely carefully if you are in the area.”
UPDATE AS OF 12.45PM:
R517 through Kilfinane to Mitchelstown clear but travel with caution,
R512 Kilmallock to Ardpatrick towards Kildorrery clear but travel with caution,
Kilfinnane to Ballylanders road L1516 to be avoided until road crews complete clearing works. Up to 6 inches of snow fell here overnight.
Kilfinnane to Ballylanders road L1511 clear but travel with caution.
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