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Severe Weather Update 3rd March 2018 11:30am

County Westmeath is beginning to recover from the substantial snowfalls of the past few days. However, many regional and local roads are still impassable due to snow drifts and people are strongly advised not to travel on roads unless they have definite information that the road is passable.

The Council mobilised snowploughs, excavators and other equipment yesterday and this morning to clear snow drifts and all National Primary (N4) and Secondary Roads (N51, N52, N55, N62) are now passable with extreme care. The following Regional Routes are passable with extreme care:

  • R148 - Coralstown to Kinnegad
  • R390 - Mullingar to Athlone
  • R392 - Mullingar to Longford County Boundary
  • R444 – Moate to Ballinahown
  • R446 - Athlone to Kinnegad

All other regional roads are currently impassable.

The main arteries in and around Mullingar and Athlone are passable and Council crews, assisted by army personnel have been clearing footpaths in both towns since 8am this morning.

Given the scale of the challenge facing the County, the assistance of the public in terms of clearing snow from footpaths and roads in their local areas would be extremely helpful. This could include the use of appropriate equipment such as tractors with loaders, and people who assist are requested to clear snow safely and to avoid creating any additional hazards.

The public are also requested to conserve water, as these conditions place additional demands on the water services infrastructure.

Westmeath County Council will resume normal business on Monday, 5th March 2018 and it is intended that all public facilities would be reopen at their usual time.
If you require assistance from Westmeath County Council please call the Council’s main telephone number: (044) 9332000.

Please see www.winterready.ie for further advice, and keep up to date with national and local advice through the relevant media channels.


Content Last Updated/Reviewed: 03/03/2018