A Status Yellow Snow and Ice Warning is currently set to come into effect for Galway at 8am Thursday 11th February, with very cold conditions and temperatures in low single figures by day along with sharp or severe frosts and icy patches at night. Snow accumulations of up to 5cm are forecast in some areas.
Galway City Council crews and gritters will be on standby and prepared to deal with any adverse conditions that may arrive. Members of the public are advised to take all precautions necessary to stay safe.
Many people will be working from home but those who do need to travel should exercise extra caution, whether they are driving, cycling or walking.
By taking some simple steps, we can all reduce the impact of such events and cope with them when they happen. A range of advice, tips and resources are available online to help to be as prepared as possible such as Be Winter Ready, and on Irish Water’s website. A few useful tips include:
• Ensure you have sufficient supplies of food and of any prescription medicine you may need.
• Have an adequate supply of fuel for heating
• Insulate water tanks and pipes and turn off water supply in vacant buildings, if possible
• Ask relatives and neighbours for help if you need it. Keep their phone numbers on a list beside your phone
Galway City Council is also here to help at this time. The Galway City Community Call Helpline remains available to assist those who may not be able to leave home at the moment, with the delivery of essential supplies or other practical supports on 1800 400 150. Our Customer Service team are in place from 9am – 5pm from Monday to Friday, with out of hours in operation outside of these times.
Keep up to date with weather warnings and advisories on Met Éireann’s website at www.met.ie or through their mobile app.