Ireland has been battered by strong winds and snowfall after the Beast from The East and Storm Emma jointly pummeled the island. Ireland faced the worst snowstorm in 50 years, with up to one meter in the worst hit areas. The resulting blizzard covered the country in a blanket of snow and created a virtual standstill to all movement.
The severe weather conditions created serious problems such as water and power supply cut-offs, travel disruptions and many fatal accidents. Many roads were closed for traffic, bur and train lines were cancelled or seriously delayed, Dublin Airport had over 300 cancellations on Friday, March 3rd alone, and almost 400 schools have been closed in Northern Ireland.
Two weeks later, Ireland is slowly starting to recover. The National Emergency Coordination Group (NECG) withdrew the public safety advice to shelter indoors but noted: “Conditions are and will remain very difficult and the public are advised continue to exercise high levels of caution for their own safety in the extreme cold, accumulated snow and icy conditions underfoot.”
All Irish airports have been cleared and set to operate at full capacity and trying to clear the backlogs caused by thousands of flight cancellations. The public transport is also back on track, allowing people to go back to work after the five-day weather-related chaos. Most of Dublin is back to normal, However, some parts of in the South of Dublin still have an abundance of snow. In the central Dublin area buses, trains, and general traffic are running regularly, with minor delays and reductions, and passengers are advised to check online for schedule changes and updates. The motorway is being open as well, but significant lane restrictions remain in place, and it is necessary for drivers to travel carefully and at appropriate speeds.
The weekend brought in some warmer temperatures and rainfall, with temperatures expected to rise in the week ahead. However, the mild weather will be accompanied by rain most days, until a change comes on for St. Patrick’s Day. The weather is predicted to get considerably colder for the national holiday. Met Eireann’s forecaster said: “At the moment it looks like it will turn a bit colder on St. Patrick’s day, but current indications are that it will stay mainly dry.”
As the weather improved, roads cleared and traffic blocks lifted, we are back to our regular driving schedule and passengers can count on our safe and reliable services.
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