Limerick motorists warned of 'treacherous' untreated roads and to drive with extreme caution

A deserted Limerick city this Friday morning

A deserted Limerick city this Friday morning

MOTORISTS in Limerick are being warned that untreated roads are ‘treacherous’ and are being asked to drive with extreme caution on all roads after heavy snow falls.

A joint statement from Limerick City and County Council, the HSE, An Garda Síochána and the Defence Forces is urging motorists to exercise “extreme caution on all Limerick roads” this Friday after Storm Emma.

Crews from Limerick City and County Council have been out working since 7am dealing with the snow which fell overnight.

All of Limerick saw at least 5cms (2 inches) of snow, with up to 20 cms (8 inches) in areas including Rathkeale, Newcastle West, Barnagh, Templeglantine, Abbeyfeale, Ballyhahill, Rooska, Carrigkerry and Glin.

Crews began snow ploughing the strategic routes across Limerick city and county at 7am this morning and will continue to plough and grit throughout the day, weather conditions dependent.

Further gritting will take place overnight as temperatures are expected to drop to minus 3 degrees.

Limerick City and County Council is urging motorists and all other road users to exercise extreme caution when going outside.

“Untreated roads are likely to see an accumulation of snow and this could lead to extremely treacherous conditions,” said a spokesperson.

“Motorists are advised to drive with caution also on the roads that have been treated as conditions are worsening throughout the day as snow continues to fall.”

A Met Éireann RED weather alert for snow and ice for Limerick remains in place until 6pm this evening.

Gardaí are advising people to exercise caution when venturing outside, as the roads are dangerous.