Minister for Transport warns people to be ready for snow tomorrow

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Minister for Transport warns people to be ready for snow tomorrow
15:09 Tuesday 10th of January 2017

Snow and sleet anticipated for this week is spurring the Minister for Transport to urge people to be ready.

In Co Kildare tomorrow scattered showers on Atlantic coasts will move further inland overnight and turning increasingly wintry with snow on higher ground.

Minister for Transport Tourism and Sport, Shane Ross TD, reminds people to be winter ready and take all necessary precautions.

Speaking today Minister Ross said: “I would urge all people to heed the advice of the agencies and take all necessary precautions if out during the severe weather. If travelling I would advise that you plan your route and check local information , allow extra time, drive slowly and carefully and stay safe.”

In extreme weather conditions you should ask yourself if making a journey by road is absolutely necessary. You might consider delaying your trip until the weather and road conditions improve. If using the roads in such conditions is unavoidable be prepared. The golden rule is to drive, cycle or walk with care and caution and expect the unexpected. Before setting off on a journey check to see if there are any problems on your intended route.

Salt usage to-date this winter amounted to 38,400 tonnes, with stocks of 203,500 tonnes of salt remaining. By comparison, 96,000 tonnes of salt was used over the winter of 2015 and 2016 and some 130,000 tonnes was used during the very severe winter of 2010/2011. Storage capacity has increased substantially since 2010 and this allows for greater stocks of salt to be stored in advance of winter.

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