Snowy scenes in Castleconnell this Wednesday morning
A NUMBER of schools across Limerick have been forced to close this Wednesday due to the freezing temperatures and heavy snowfall overnight.
While the worst of the weather is not expected in Limerick until nearer the weekend, Storm Emma and the Beast from the East are already having an impact locally.
A status yellow weather warning issued by Met Éireann for Limerick, Clare, Galway and Donegal remains in place until 12 midday on Thursday.
John the Baptist Community School in Hospital is closed as are all schools in Doon – Scoil Na Trionoide Naofa; Doon CBS National School and Doon Convent Primary School.
Salesian Secondary College, Pallaskenry has confirmed it too has remained closed “in the interests of the health and safety of our students and staff”.
Due to the severe weather, and in the interests of the health and safety of our students and staff, Salesian... https://t.co/A280TPNZ9f— Salesian Pallaskenry (@salesianpallas) February 28, 2018
Limerick City and County Council says a scheduled civic reception for World Rugby’s Referee of Year, Joy Neville, which was due to take place at City Hall this evening has also been postponed.
Some Bus Éireann services to and from Limerick have been cancelled while motorists are being urged to excercise care on all local and regional roads.
There are major disruptions across the country due to deteriorating weather conditions @ExpresswayIRE is operating currently Please see https://t.co/opFBXEiqO8 for details #Snowmageddon #StormEmma #BeastFromTheEast @rtenews @TV3Ireland @TodayFM @IrishTimes @Independent_ie— Bus Eireann (@Buseireann) February 28, 2018
Shannon Airport says it remained fully operational throughout the night and remains fully operational.
Seven flights were diverted from Dublin to Shannon between 04.20 am and 7am.
“We are currently managing our own weather challenges and will continue to do so over the coming days. Due to the possibility of flight cancellations and delays at other airports, Shannon Airport is advising passengers intending to fly from, or travel to, Shannon Airport to contact their relevant airline or check their website in advance of their journeys with regard to any potential weather impacts,” said a spokesperson for Shannon Airport.