Limerick motorists warned of black ice as orange weather warning remains

Jess Casey

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Limerick motorists warned of black ice as orange weather warning remains

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Motorists in Limerick city and county have been advised to drive with extreme caution due to expected overnight temperatures of below freezing and the possibility of black ice this Saturday morning. 

The Local Co-ordination Group (LCG) made up of Limerick City and County Council, the HSE, An Garda Síochána and the Defence Forces has issued an update after reviewing plans to deal with the ongoing severe weather. 

Met Eireann has issued an updated status orange weather alert for  snow and ice in Limerick. which remains in place until 9am this Saturday morning.

“As more and more people begin to leave their homes, pedestrians are reminded to exercise caution when out and about tonight and tomorrow,” a spokesperson for LCG said. 

National and strategic regional roads in Limerick are clear and passable following a sustained ploughing and gritting programme throughout Friday.

“However, motorists are still being urged to drive with extreme caution and are reminded that untreated roads can be treacherous due to expected overnight temperatures of below freezing and the possibility of black ice in the morning.”

“Temperatures are likely to reach +5 degrees tomorrow which will aid the local authority’s efforts.”

“Snow plough and gritting crews have been working along the strategic route network across the city and county since Storm Emma arrived in Limerick and will continue throughout Saturday and over the weekend.”

Gritting crews are due back out on the roads this Friday night.

“Footpaths are being treated in the core city centre area and the main towns throughout the county on Saturday. Further regional roads across Limerick will begin to be treated, particularly at intersections with main roads.”

The council can be contacted for out of hours emergencies on 061 417833.

The LCG is advising people to contact Irish Water on 1850 278 278 for any water issues or check their website www.water.ie.

“The Limerick Homeless Action Team (LHAT) is continuing to liaise with the emergency housing providers and additional capacity has been made available to anyone who may seek assistance over the period of severe weather.”

LHAT can be contacted over the weekend on 1800 606060.

For more information, visit www.winterready.ie.