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Bread and milk sold out in Roscrea ahead of unprecedented weather

Thursday, 1 March 2018

SUPPLIES OF bread and milk were walking out the door of all shops in Roscrea on Tuesday ahead of what is expected to be a blizzard reminiscent of the historic snowfall of 1982.

"Only for we have a great bakery here in Roscrea with Stapleton's we'd probably be worried about bread supplies - but people have nothing to worry about, we'll have bread no matter what," Sean Breen, Manager at Bernie's SuperValu in Roscrea told the Tribune.

Mr Breen said all the staples were being bought up quickly, with milk supplies and meat products such as sausages and rashers being bought in great quantities.

Even buttermilk, and essential for making bread at home, was sold out in Bernie's SuperValu by 5pm on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, Tipperary County Council are advising motorists to brace themselves for a serious weather event later this week and said that preparations are in place to deal with the severe weather.

Road temperatures are set to plummet in the later days of this week and the local authority has plans to grit and salt all main routes during what is anticipated to be one of the coldest weeks in decades.

A status yellow weather warning was announced for Tipperary at 6pm on Tuesday evening, while a status orange alert remains in place for many parts of Offaly and Laois.

Tipperary County Council's Severe Weather Team met on Monday to plan for the extreme weather with another meeting scheduled for Wednesday morning to reassess the approaching weather front.

The team said the local authority is "fully prepared" for forecasts predicting temperatures 10 degrees below normal and said extra fuel payments will be available for elderly people and those in need to deal with the cold weather.

2,700 tonnes of salt are available to Tipperary County Council to treat roads - a stock that will last for five-day of snow fall.

Roscrea Gardaí have advised motorists to be particularly careful on the M7 motorway between Roscrea and Moneygall, junctions 22 and 23, which has seen a disproportionately high number of accidents during inclement weather in recent years.

"We're asking motorists to heed the warnings and if they encounter any incidents during the weather report them to Roscrea Garda Station at (0505) 24230," a member of the Gardaí said.

Met Eireann says the worst of the weather is likely to arrive on Thursday, as winds from Storm Emma bring a blizzard.

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