Councils monitor weather as freezing conditions set to continue

County Councils across the region will be monitoring weather conditions over the weekend.

Prolonged rail, hail, sleet and snow showers are forcast to continue for much of the weekend and motorists are urged to take care on their journeys.

Each Council has a plan in place to monitor temperatures as part of their winter maintenance programme and roads are gritted accordingly.

Sligo Gardai say there were a number of weather-related incidents yesterday due to the weather.

One car aqua-planed on the by-pass due to what were described as ‘blizzard-like’ conditions.

There were a number of other minor incidents around Sligo town but no serious injuries were reported.

Seven routes taking in 440km of main national and regional roads and some local roads in Sligo are gritted as part of the winter maintenance plan.

However, Senior Engineer for roads at Sligo County Council says that not every road can be gritted and people need to take care.

Mr. Brennan says they will continue to monitor the conditions over the weekend.

In Donegal gritters have been out around the county today.

The Council has put in a significant effort on its website to keep people uptodate on the winter weather and the measures in place to deal with it including an interactive map.

This map is linked to the Councils social media platforms and and provides information on routes and length of routes to be gritted on any given night as well as an hourly forecast feed for most areas.

It also shows locations where sand and grit stock is available for use by the public.

Road users can also view live road conditions at a number of locations around the county including the N15 at Bundoran.

In Leitrim, the winter maintenance programme is also available to view on the Council’s website.

At a meeting of Leitrim County Council last week, Councillors were informed that the Council will consider putting down grit in certain extra areas in specific circumstances where resources are available.