Many roads remain hazardous as thaw continues

The National Emergency Co-Ordination Group says today is ‘not a normal Monday’ in many areas

Many roads remain hazardous as thaw continues

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Updated 10:30

Met  Éireann has issued a new Status Orange weather warning for Leinster – with “deep lying snow remaining in places.”

The forecaster has said there is a “continuing potential for localized flooding due to the thaw.”

Frost and icy conditions are expected tonight and into Tuesday morning.

The forecaster said some river levels have risen by more than a metre in the past 24 hours because of snow melt.

It said Wicklow saw the highest levels of snowfall over the weekend.

Overnight some areas will experience temperatures of 0C to -3C where there is no cloud cover.

Transport

Most public transport will return to normal today.

Dublin Bus, Bus Éireann and the Luas are all running with a few interruptions.

Iarnród Éireann expects to be fully operational with the exception of two regional lines.

Spokesperson Barry Kenny explains the situation:

“Limerick Junction to Waterford and Limerick to Ballybrophy via Neenagh – we are hopeful of getting those open for the evening trains this evening,” he said.

“But apart from that all routes are operating.

“The Rosslare line which had been closed yesterday is back; the M3 Parway line is back and we will have a full service on all of those routes.”

Water

Meanwhile, Irish Water has warned that further water restrictions could be on the way as reservoir levels are dangerously low.

10,0000 households around the country are without water this morning - with more than 20,000 others faced with restricted supplies.

‘Not a normal Monday’

The National Emergency Co-Ordination Group warned that today is ‘not a normal Monday’ in many areas.

Drivers are being warned that the roads remain hazardous as the big thaw from last week’s snow continues.

The M7 motorway was declared fully operational just after 7am this morning with all lanes open.

Gardaí are advising motorists to drive with care and observe the speed restrictions that are in place as roadworks continue.

It comes as many workplaces, schools and colleges are opening for the first time since the onset of Storm Emma.

However, schools in Wexford, west Wicklow and parts of Kildare are unlikely to re-open.

Decisions are being made on a case-by-case basis depending on the conditions in each area.

Parents from the schools affected will be notified.