Gritters out on roads as plunging temperatures and snow forecast


 November 17, 2016
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With temperatures set to plunge tonight, Donegal County Council’s gritting crews have been ordered out to treat all designated routes around the county.

Cold wintry showers are forecasted for tonight and into tomorrow with heaviest and most frequent showers in the west and north.

Met Eireann have forecast snow on higher ground.

Donegal County Council is urging all road users to take extra care on the roads this evening and to assume that no road is ice free.

Motorists and road users can stay up to date on routes to be gritted by checking the Donegal Winter Gritting map which is an interactive map available on .

This map is linked to the Councils social media platforms and provides information on routes and length of routes to be gritted on any given night as well as an hourly forecast feed for most areas of the county so that users can check their local weather forecast for the next 12 to 24 hours. It also shows locations where sand and grit stock is available for use by the public.

Donegal County Council's gritting routes.
Donegal County Council’s gritting routes.

Road users can also view live road conditions at a number of locations around the county and across the northwest via the Councils website. Locations include N56 at Gaoth Dobhair, N15 at Bundoran, N 15 at Lough Mourne, N15 at Killygordon, N13 at An Grianan Aileach, A515 Foyle Bridge and A6 at Glenshane Pass.

These resources have been developed over the last number of years with a view to providing road users and motorists with the necessary information to make safe driving decisions during the winter months.

Stay up to date on road conditions and gritting plans this winter by following us on Twitter @roadsdcc @donegalcouncil or by following us on Facebook.

In addition, the Office of Emergency Planning has recently launched to assist households in preparing for severe weather and coping with it when it actually happens. This online booklet includes practical tips and advice on staying safe and warm this winter, on being prepared at home and at work for freezing temperatures and water shortages, as well as road safety tips including making sure your vehicle is winter-ready and much more.