Gardai in Waterford City are appealing to drivers to slow down. Sergeant Gavin Hegarty from Waterford Garda Station says “just because a road has been gritted doesn’t mean that they can drive the normal speed limit on that road.” He says drivers “need to slow down, they need to give enough space to car in front so that they can stop properly, stopping distances on wet, icy, snowy and gritted roads are significantly increased and they need to take account of that”.
Chief Superintendent Finbarr Murphy, Roads Policing with some advice on the current weather conditions.
If you're in Munster or Leinster be home by 4pm Thursday, and stay inside until 12pm Friday. And don't forget to check in on elderly and vulnerable neighbours in your area. pic.twitter.com/gLEMXlsfOB
— An Garda Síochána (@GardaTraffic) February 28, 2018
Temperatures remain below freezing in Waterford and are expected to fall further after dark. Driving conditions are also expected to deteriorate.
— Waterford Weather (@waterfdweather) February 28, 2018
People in Waterford are being told to stay indoors from tomorrow afternoon as blizzard like conditions are forecast. Met Eireann says that the worst of the snowfall will take place from 4.00pm tomorrow and that people should aim to be at home between that time and midday on Friday.
The country is expected to grind to a halt with severe disruption to transport and public services.
The worst of the blizzard is expected tomorrow afternoon, when Storm Emma moves in from the south meets the polar front.
All Schools and colleges in Munster and Leinster will be closed tomorrow and Friday due to the red weather alert for snow and ice.
All elective surgeries and outpatient appointments have been cancelled for the rest of the week at University Hospital Waterford. Emergency, maternity, cancer care and dialysis services will still go ahead. All surgical procedures, consultant clinics and radiology appointments are cancelled from today until Sunday at Whitfield Hospital
All surgical procedures, consultant clinics and radiology appointments are cancelled from today (Wednesday afternoon through to Sunday March 4th). For urgent inquiries please call the Hospital administration team on 051 359777. https://t.co/jEdHQyZsgN
— Whitfield Clinic (@whitfieldclinic) February 28, 2018
UPMC Whitfield Cancer Centre, Waterford wishes to advise that following an update from Met Eireann, a decision has been made to treat a limited number of patients tomorrow between the hours of 10am and 1pm. All patients that were scheduled for radiotherapy treatment Thursday and Friday are being contacted this afternoon with a new appointment time.
Please contact 051 337444 if you require any further information.
All non-essential government public service offices will be closed tomorrow.
Waterford City & County Dog Shelter, Bilberry, all Council sporting facilities: Dungarvan Sports Centre, the RSC, Williamstown Golf Course & Carrickphierish as well as
all Museums and Arts facilities are closed until further notice.
All remaining Waterford City & County Council Offices (including libraries) will close to the public today (Wednesday) at 4:30pm and will remain closed on Thursday and Friday of this week. Council phone lines and social media will be manned tomorrow and Friday and queries/notifications can be made on these channels. This will be reviewed on an ongoing basis, as resources and weather permits.
Waterford Council’s main number (and Out-Of-Hours number) is 0761 10 2020. For exceptional emergencies, or those not relating to Council activities, please call the National Emergency Services on 999 or 112.
Bus Eireann services will not go ahead during the red alert while all local link Waterford services for tomorrow and Friday have been cancelled.
Lidl have confirmed that they will be closing all stores in both provinces from 3.00pm tomorrow until 1.00pm on Friday.
Basuch and Lomb in Waterford City has announced that it will close at 2.00pm tomorrow until 2.00pm on Friday.