WATCH: Gardai in Limerick warn motorists to 'avoid unnecessary journeys'

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Deserted: The old Dublin Road at the Parkway this Friday morning Picture: Limerick Council Twitter

Deserted: The old Dublin Road at the Parkway this Friday morning Picture: Limerick Council Twitter

GARDAI are warning motorists to avoid unnecessary journeys in Limerick this Friday morning after a major fall of snow in the county.

Gardai said motorists should stay off roads unless "absolutely necessary".

The warning comes amid severe weather nationally with some roads impassable. National routes are being prioritised, authorities said.

In Limerick the roads are largely deserted and gardai and Limerick Fire and Rescue say there were no reports of any major incidents in overnight as most people heeded government warnings to stay indoors.

Limerick people are largely heeding the warnings to stay inside. A spokesperson for Bruff Gardai said this Friday morning that there "wasn't a thing stirring".

"All quiet so far thankfully," they said.

A status red weather warning, which was due to be lifted at 3pm this Friday, has been extended by Met Éireann and remains valid until 6pm.

Limerick Council crews are clearing snow and then gritting strategic routes across Limerick this Friday.

Priority is given to the road network which carries almost 85% of Limerick’s traffic, a spokesperson said.

Snow levels across the Mid-West are being reported at between two to eight inches. While the warning to stay indoors has been lifted, people are still being advised to exercise caution and only travel if absolutely necessary as snow is still falling heavily in parts.