A wintry scene on the way into Portlaoise this morning.
Many parts of Laois awoke to a light covering of snow this morning, and a hard frost, and tonight promises more severe wintry weather
It's time to dust off the sleds and gather some carrots and coal for your snowman, as more snow is forecasted across the midlands tonight, Friday November 18.
Light falls of snow covered most parts of Laois last night, from north to south, and Met Éireann is forecasting more snow and ice for tonight.
Today will remain cold with scattered showers and sunny spells. Top temperatures of 6 to 8 degrees in blustery westerly wind.
Tonight scattered showers will continue with some wintry falls likely. It will be cold with lowest temperatures falling to between -1 and +1 degrees with a widespread frost as fresh westerly winds moderate towards morning.
Tomorrow, Saturday will be mostly dry with some sunny spells at first but cloud will increase from the south later. Top temperatures will be just 4 to 7 degrees in light to moderate westerly winds will ease and become variable or easterly.
During cold weather, the elderly are advised by Laois County Council to eat hot meals regularly and drink plenty of fluids, keep the heat on for longer at a lower temperature, keep a stock of medication in the house, and avoid going outside, and if they need to do so, wear non slip shoes, while people are asked to check on their elderly neighbours.
The Council has begun its winter salting roads programme, which this year will cover 22.2 percent, 458km, of the county's roads, up 16km from last year. Generally, only main roads will be salted. See www.laois.ie/roads for details.