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Dublin Airport chiefs in major update for thousands as heavy snow hits Ireland

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DUBLIN Airport has issued a major update for passengers flying out of the country after heavy snow landed in the country overnight.

Bosses took to social media and said flights are currently “operating as normal” after Ireland was taken by surprise by a heavy dusting of the white stuff.

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Heavy snow hit the Dublin area overnight and during the early morningCredit: PA
Dublin Airport said teams worked through the night

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Dublin Airport said teams worked through the nightCredit: Crispin Rodwell – The Sun Dublin
Traffic delays could impact punters heading to the airport

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Traffic delays could impact punters heading to the airportCredit: PA

Airport bosses said passengers should check with airlines for flight updates after their crews worked through the night in order to keep flights operating.

They wrote: “Dublin Airport is operating as normal this morning.

“Our snow and ice teams were on site throughout the night to make sure the busy first wave of flights departed smoothly.

“A full runway sweep and spray commenced at 8am, ensuring both north and south runways remain operational.

“Passengers are advised to make their way to Dublin Airport as normal today and, as always, should check directly with their airline for updates on their flight.”

Met Eireann has issued a number of alerts this morning as more snow is expected, with schools across several counties forced to close amid the poor conditions.

There’s a yellow snow-Ice warning for Cavan, Monaghan, Dublin, Kildare, Longford, Westmeath, Leitrim, Roscommon and Sligo.

The alert, valid until 12pm, reads: “Falls of sleet and snow may lead to temporary accumulations

Potential Impacts include icy stretches on untreated surfaces, poor visibility and hazardous travelling conditions.”

And there’s also a yellow rain warning for Dublin, Louth, Meath, Wicklow.

The alert is valid until 3am on Saturday.

It reads: “Persistent rain, with a mix of sleet and snow at times.

Potential impacts: localised flooding and hazardous travelling conditions.”

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Wicklow is also covered under a snow-ice alert with “temporary accumulations” expected.

Public transport is also being affected, with a number of services experiencing delays.

Irish Rail warned that a weather-related signalling issue at Connolly Station in Dublin is causing delays of up to 20 minutes on a number of Dart and commuter services.

Services in other parts of the country are also experiencing delays as a result of the weather.

Dublin Bus said two routes, the 65 and the 44B, have been curtailed due to road conditions.

Dublin Fire Brigade is urging people to take extra care as the snow will cause hazardous conditions on the roads.

They said: “Road conditions are poor as snow begins to fall in Dublin and on high ground.

“Drive slowly, steer and brake gently, wiper on, lights on, braking distances increase and use high gears if possible.”

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