WEATHER LATEST: Red warning for Longford with orange for Roscommon and Leitrim

A red warning remains in place for Longford, with an orange warning for Leitrim and Roscommon.

Road conditions are hazardous across the region and people are asked to remain indoors until conditions improve.

Update 08.43 


Roscommon Fire is tweeting that there was “light snow last night in parts of County north of Fourmilehouse. However we have reports of large snow drifts on N61 ,N60 and N63. Local roads not passable in many locations. Gritting and snow ploughing resumed early this morning but progress slow.”

Update 08.31

The road at Mullagh Lisbrack road Strokestown end is blocked with high snow drifts.

It’s reported to be very dangerous and not passable

Update 08.15

Snow drifts of up to a foot deep reported on the N61 between Roscommon town and Athlone, but is passable with care.

Back roads in Athlone area in dangerous conditions, particularly in the Glasson area.

Roads around Ballinasloe are in a relatively good condition and are all passable with care.

Roads around Castlerea in Roscommon are in a good condition.




Update 08.12

Longford Council is reminding the public that all gritting/ploughing was suspended since 3pm yesterday, and will continue that way until further notice.

Council Trucks are loaded and ready to commence gritting when safe to do so.

Longford County Council will continue to monitor the weather situation.

Longford County Council again reminds the public to stay indoors and not travel during this severe weather event.

In addition to salting operations grit is being provided at several  locations for community use.

Update 07.38

The N55 between Granard and Cavan is closed due to two articulated lorries having jacknifed.

The N4 is passable with care, but there are serious drifts on the route at Shroid outside Longford town.

The N4 between Sligo and Carrick-on-Shannon is reported to be in good condition and there are no major issues reported around Carrick-on-Shannon either.

Gardai in Roscommon say cars have been abandoned in the Fourmilehouse area due to drifts.

Gritting crews have already begun ploughing and treating roads in some areas but main primary routes will be the priority.

Many back roads are impassable this morning, and drifts are causing extra hazard on the roads as they are difficult to see.

South Roscommon and parts of Longford have seen the heaviest snowfall in this region overnight although amounts are not reported to have been significant in most areas.

Winds speeds are reported to be slowly increasing this morning and this has led to snow blowing onto roads and causing some visibility difficulties.

At this point there are no reported power outages in the Shannonside region according to the ESB but parts of Louth, Meath, the east coast and south east are among the 23,000 without power.