Beast chaos hits Cork as commuters faced treacherous conditions

Beast chaos hits Cork as commuters faced treacherous conditions

Traffic negotiating the treacherous conditions in the snow in the Liberty Hill area on the Cork to Bandon road. Picture: Denis Minihane

Cork commuters faced treacherous conditions in places this morning as the Beast From The East arrived in the rebel county overnight.

Snow falling in Blackrock, Cork, with Sean Vadlamudi, Lucy Brennan, Mar and Vega Urendes and Evan Collins making the most of it. Picture Dan Linehan
Snow falling in Blackrock, Cork, with Sean Vadlamudi, Lucy Brennan, Mar and Vega Urendes and Evan Collins making the most of it. Picture Dan Linehan

A number of schools in the county closed as the snow-ice warning for Cork was raised to Status Orange, valid from 6am this morning to at least noon on Thursday. Met Éireann said heavy snow showers will continue today, tonight and during tomorrow in Cork with snow accumulations up to 8cm.

Carrigaline, Inishannon, Kinsale, Bandon and Clonakilty were among the worst hit overnight, with several inches of snow settling and snow continuing to fall on Wednesday morning.

Snow in the Liberty Hill area near Cork. Picture: Denis Minihane.
Snow in the Liberty Hill area near Cork. Picture: Denis Minihane.

There were reports of cars being abandoned and drivers facing difficulties, particularly on Carr's Hill outside Carrigaline and on the Airport Hill.

Sergeant Peter Murphy also warned that the N71, running from west Cork into the city, was dangerous in places.

"The salters and gritters have been working all night and yesterday evening but snow on top washes it away and turns it to slush and then it freezes. Parts of the N71 will catch people.

Ella and Abbie Ronan making a snowman in Crosshaven. PICTURE Darragh Kane
Ella and Abbie Ronan making a snowman in Crosshaven. PICTURE Darragh Kane

"Obviously back roads will be affected as well."

Cork Airport remained open this morning but passengers faced delays.

"Maintenance teams have been working over the past 24 hours to treat the runway, apron and approach roads," spokesperson Kevin Cullinane said.

"There are slot delays at other Airports which have delayed the departure of the first flights this morning. We advise passengers and those meeting arriving flights to check the status of their flight with their airline in advance of travel."

Irish Rail said services were currently running as normal but Bus Éireann's Expressway service was affected and passengers were advised to check before setting out.

A Status Red alert has been issued for much of Leinster and this could be extended further. The government’s National Emergency Coordination Group for Severe Weather is meeting again today to plan for the coming days. The weather is expected to deteriorate further as the Beast From The East meets Storm Emma tomorrow, leading to further heavy snow and gale force winds.

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