Wicklow Weather issue travel advice for the next 72 hours

Wicklow Weather have issued travel advice for the next 72 hours, North and West Wicklow felt the brunt of the cold snap today.

Very little snow fell in the South of the county but that is all expected to change as the county remains on a Status Red Snow and Ice warning.

Tomorrow afternoon through to Saturday an exceptional snow event will unfold across most of Ireland.
The official National Emergency Committe advice is “stay indoors” from 1600HRS tomorrow.

The past 18hrs of snowfall is due to sea streamers which have lead to a varying spread of zero snow to 20cm in places as of 1300hrs today.
Tomorrow and Friday will see a low pressure system named Storm Emma bring an altogether different snow risk with ongoing heavy blizzards from approx late afternoon onward. Intensity of snow will increase through Thursday night and Friday.

Blizzards accompanied by strong gales will lead to white out conditions making it impossible to judge distance or position on a road.
Our advice is do not travel stay indoors. 

We would suggest anyone who thinks they MUST travel to think again. White out conditions and blizzard conditions will make roads impassable.

Please call emergency services on 999 or 112 if you are trapped in such a situation. Please inform loves ones or friends of your route and departure and expected time of arrival. Ensure your phone is fully charged. Our advice is simply DO NOT travel Thursday, Friday and early Saturday.
Rural upland villages in Leinster and Munster could be impassable for a number of days.

If you must use the car, before you begin your journey do the following it might save your life.
Put a Hi-viz jacket, shovel, boots or wellingtons, extra clothing or a blanket and a flask in the boot of the car, (in case you do get stuck or have to abandon the car.
If your car has rear wheel drive the addition of extra weight in the boot (e.g. a bag of sand/cement etc) will help your wheels to grip.

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