Picture taken by gardai on the Ennis Road
LIMERICK has been hit by an unusual spell of weather this Friday afternoon, with reports of sunshine, snow, hail and rainfall across the city the county – all in the space of one hour.
Going through all the seasons in Limerick today! pic.twitter.com/ZJnK0rM8DO— JJ Hartigan (@jayhartigan) November 24, 2017
While Limerick City and County Council and Met Éireann had this week warned the public of the strong possibility of snow and ice, many people have been left somewhat puzzled by the erratic weather after lunchtime this Friday.
Limerick gets Instantly Christmassy ;) pic.twitter.com/pDEQAMxy5M— SimonSpratt Designer (@TheBoxsideOut) November 24, 2017
After 10 minutes of a powerful downpour of rain in the city centre, there were sightings of snow around Merchant’s Quay across the county.
A number of people in Kilmallock and East Limerick found a shower of light hail muddling.
“It’s hard to tell if it is hail, sleet or snow. It is by far one of the most unusual days of weather we have had all year,” one local said.
On the other side of the county, in Pallaskenry and Kildimo, we received reports of a “pleasant sunshine”.
Radio presenter JJ Hartigan tweeted: “Going through all the seasons in Limerick today!”
The first of the snow and ice warnings is due to take effect from 11pm this Thursday while the second takes effect at 5am on Friday.
A spokesperson for Limerick City and County Council says it’s duty engineers monitor the Ice-cast daily to determine whether gritting is required.
“All routes covered under the winter road maintenance programme will be gritted this (Thursday) evening,” he confirmed.
Gardai are also appealing to motorists to excercise caution if driving over the coming days.
Limerick Traffic: Ennis Road just now, please drive with caution due to the conditions. Slow down and leave extra stopping distance. pic.twitter.com/HENSnisqG7— An Garda Síochána (@GardaTraffic) November 24, 2017