‘Beast from the East’ blasts Strabane

Aishlinn, Eimear and Dearbhla enjoy the snow at the Gaelscoil. DR17

PROMISING bitterly cold Siberian winds and snow, the frighteningly named ‘Beast from the East’ has certainly lived up to its name.

Bringing a sharp chill in the air on Tuesday and bitterly cold blasts and blizzard conditions on Wednesday and Thursday, inhabitants of Strabane were forced to deal with the latest cold snap of an alarmingly atrocious winter.


Currently the Met Office have said there was no snow warnings for the Strabane area, although a yellow warning for snow was in place for nearby Eglinton and Derry City.

With this, individuals across the North have been advised to consider travel arrangements, water supplies and agricultural activities.

No strangers to incessantly poor weather during the past number of months, the Department of Infrastructure said they are “ready and prepared” to keep traffic moving, with 60,000 tonnes of salt ready for the roads.

In addition, around 300 staff and 130 gritters were made available to keep traffic moving freely and safely during the week. The Department also revealed farmers and contractors would be deployed if required for snow clearance.
Motorists have been urged to exercise caution and drive with due care and attention.

The Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs warned that the combination of low temperatures and wind chill could have a significant impact on the welfare of new born and young animals.

“Livestock on hills and upland areas are at most risk during snowfalls and should be moved to lower ground or sheltered locations,” a DAERA spokesperson said. “Some fodder stocks could also be moved closer to the animals in case access routes become blocked with snow.”


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