Slieve Blooms snowed-in as Storm Emma blizzard hits hard in Laois Offaly mountains

Weather continues to pummel midlands

Conor Ganly

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Slieve Blooms snowed-in as Storm Emma blizzard hits hard in Laois Offaly mountains

Clonaheen road , Rosenallis. Pic: Sheila Mahon

Residents in the Slieve Bloom Mountains in Laois and Offaly are reporting they are 'snowed-in' by the unrelenting 'blizzard like' weather that is pummeling midland counties.

The Leinster Express notes area correspondent for the Clonaslee Annette Doolan lives around three miles from Clonaslee.

"We have been snowed in since Wednesday...It has been blizzard like since last night (Thursday) and still is. A lot of drifting of snow around here," she said.

Sheila Mahon Leinster Express notes area correspondent for the nearby Rosenallis area.

"Roads impassable high snow drifts reported on most roads. Only vehicle seen was a JCB on road, snow still falling with strong winds and wind chill tempatures about zero.

"Locals are concerned about flooding from the Slieve Blooms when temperatures rise," she said.

Laois County Council says a Status Red weather warning remains in place for Co Laois and Leinster and in accordance with National advice all persons should remain indoors and do not travel and STAY SAFE.

If you require the assistance of the emergency services please dial 999. The local number for the Severe Weather Communication Centre is 1890837273. Emergency shelter is available on request.

There are scenic scenes in the Mountains as captured below by Carmel Dunne Gorman of Glenbarrow and by Sheila Dunne of the Catholes in Rosenallis.