Tipperary roads still treacherous - Gardai advise to only drive where absolutely necessary

Tipperary roads still treacherous - Gardai advice to only drive where absolutely necessary

Cleaning up underway in Clonmel town centre this morning.







Despite a slight rise in temperatures today, and an occasional rain show, conditions around Clonmel and other parts of Tipperary remain difficult today and gardai advise to only drive where absolutely necessary.

Clearing up operations have begun around Clonmel, clearing roads and footpaths.

However many minor streets and roads off the main thoroughfare, remain treacherous and difficult to drive on.

Some footpaths around Clonmel town centre have been cleared but other remain really dangerous to walk on, resembling ice rinks where the compacted show has frozen solid.

Emergency services continue to do remarkable work keeping the county moving.

County Council workmen have been doing trojan work clearing roads, at times using snowploughs that are not a common sight around the roads of Tipperary.

Snow still covers much of Gladstone Street in Clonmel today.

Gardai, Civil Defence and the Red Cross are on full alert helping people to cope with the Arctic weather conditions.

They are continuing to help with the convoy of nurses and other medical staff from the Clonmel Park Hotel, where many have been staying throughout the blizzard, to South Tipperary General Hospital.

Driving is still dangerous outside the main towns.

In an update at 12.15pm, AA Roadwatch say - Snow and ice remain an issue on many routes throughout the country, particularly in the east and south. Avoid unnecessary travel, but if you must drive, allow plenty of extra time for your journey. Make sure to fully clear all snow from your car before leaving and stick to the main routes, which are most likely to have been treated. Secondary routes and hills are still impassable in many places. Slow down, be cautious, and remember that it takes up to ten times longer to stop in icy or snowy conditions.

And in relation to Tipperary, the latest is - Gardaí in Clonmel and Tipperary Town are advising motorists to avoid travel where possible. Conditions remain very poor on many routes, including the N24 through Tipperary Town and the N74 at Kilfeacle. Extreme caution is also advised around Thurles and Nenagh; stick to main routes and travel at low speeds.