24 May 2022

Flood alert in new Met Éireann Weather Warning for many counties

Laois and the rest of Leinster is placed under new warning

BREAKING: Met Eireann issues new Status Orange Weather Warning until 12pm tomorrow

Met Eireann issues new Status Orange Weather Warning until 12pm tomorrow

Laois, Dublin, Kildare, Offaly, Kilkenny and other Leinster counties have been put under a new Status Orange Met Éireann Weather Warning.

The Status Orange Snow-ice Warning is for Leinster, Cavan, Monaghan, Cork, Tipperary and Waterford. 

The forecaster warns of widespread lying snow and ice which will continue to lead to hazardous conditions.

There will be a risk of localised flooding due to rising river levels and there will be areas of surface water pooling. Mountainous catchments and urban areas most affected.

The alert is is effect until 12pm tomorrow.

Laois County Council said it continues to monitor river levels. It said these levels remain low and will be monitored on an ongoing basis.

Mountmellick was badly hit by flooding in November 2017 as a result of flash flooding that originated in the Slieve Bloom mountains. Portarlington was also affected and large tracts of farm land was covered.

While flooding in the forecast, Met Éireann has also predicted a 'slow thaw' as temperatures will remain low for the coming days. Frost is in the forecast during the week ahead with temperatures well below normal.

A Status Yellow Weather Warning is in place for Snow-ice for Connacht, Donegal, Clare, Kerry and Limerick. That warns of lying snow and ice continuing to cause hazardous conditions.


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