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Cork County Council preparedness in advance of ‘Beast from the East’

Cork County Council preparedness in advance of ‘Beast from the East’

Met Eireann has issued a Status Yellow Weather Warning from Tuesday 27 February 2018 00.01 to Saturday 03 March 2018 18:00.  Exceptionally cold weather is expected this week.

Air and ground temperatures will be 5 to 10 degrees below normal, with significant wind chill and penetrating severe frosts. Snow showers, mainly affecting eastern areas on Tuesday, will progressively become more widespread and heavier through midweek, with significant and disruptive accumulations.

Cork County Council’s Severe Weather Assessment Team convened this morning in advance of the forecasted weather event ‘Beast from the East’.

Roads will be monitored and treatment undertaken in accordance with the Council’s Winter Service Plan. Snow ploughs are available to clear roads as required. 

Grit is available at multiple locations across the county for use by local communities. 

All road users are asked to exercise extreme caution on roads and to presume that a road is not treated.  Similarly pedestrians are asked to take extra care using footpaths.

The Council’s Housing Department will respond to the impact that the severe weather may have on any person sleeping rough in the county.

Cork County Council is also asking members of the public to visit for details on how to prepare for this severe weather event.

Full details of Winter Service Plan and Grit Locations are available at

Further updates will issue in due course.