WATCH: Temperatures plunge in Limerick as thick fall of snow covers region

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Ballinacurra Road this Wednesday morning Picture: Michael Cowhey

Ballinacurra Road this Wednesday morning Picture: Michael Cowhey

LIMERICK has woken up to a thick blanket of snow this Wednesday morning, with motorists being urged to take care on the roads as a result.

There was a heavy fall of snow overnight which has accumulated on the ground and is causing some disruption across the county. It is snowing quite heavily again this Wednesday morning.

A national status yellow weather advisory is in place for the whole country while a level red alert was issued this morning for Dublin, Kildare, Louth, Wicklow and Meath, but not as yet for Limerick.

According to the latest forcecast on Accuweather, there will be 4.1cm on snow in Limerick during the day on Thursday. There will be a further 11.8cm in the evening (from 4pm onwards) and overnight.

"Windy and cold with snow at times, accumulating an additional 10-15 cm; near blizzard conditions".

It says it the temperature could feel as low as -16 given the wind chill.

Several public events which had been due to take place in Limerick in the coming days have been cancelled with Met Éireann predicting the worst of the weather on Thursday and Friday.

Several grocery and convenience stores said they had sold out of bread and other provisions as people were preparing for the worst.

Heavy overnight snowfall has led to accumulations of snow between 5 and 10cm around the country, gardai said. Snow showers will continue to occur during today and again tonight with further accumulations. Total snowfall up to midday Thursday may reach 25cm in some areas.

Gardai are advising motorists and all road users to use caution on roads.

"Leave sufficient room between you and the car in front and drive within a speed where you can stop in time," said a spokesperson.

Irish Rail has said all services are currently operating on all routes except Cobh to Cork due to a points issue. There are bus transfers between Limerick and Ennis due to a separate local flooding issue.