A break from bad weather today Wednesday in the midlands
Laois can breathe a collective sigh of relief today, Wednesday, as for the first time in 8 days, the county is free from Met Éireann Status weather warnings.
From 10am this morning, the Status Yellow Snow-Ice warning for Leinster ends.
Today the forecast in Laois is for "Bright or sunny spells and scattered showers, some possibly wintry on high ground, but most will be of rain. Highest temperatures of 5 to 8 degrees with ongoing snow melt. Southwest winds will be light to moderate".
Tomorrow Thursday brings a Spring day.
"After a cloudy start with patchy rain or showers in the morning, it will become sunny and mostly dry with only isolated showers in the afternoon. Highest temperatures 7 to 9 degrees".
The outlook is still cold, but the good news is that Sunday is to feel milder.
"Rather cold for the rest of the week with below normal temperatures; the risk of frost and ice by night. Well scattered wintry showers over the next few days, with a spell of rain moving up from the south Friday evening into Saturday day."
Laois County Council has confirmed that the county has successfully avoided floods from melting snow.
Laois County Council’s Severe Weather Crisis Management Team ended its Storm Emma operations today.
"Water levels peaked yesterday (Tuesday) across the County, but well below any level which could cause any flooding issues. These river levels, which continue to be monitored, are now receding.
The council has issued a thanks to all who helped during the extreme snow.
"Laois County Council wishes to acknowledge the support of contractors, the agricultural sector, building contractors and private individuals with access to plant and machinery who supported us in our operations over the last week. We also wish to acknowledge the support of 42 personnel from the Defence Forces, and all our media partners, for sharing our press releases."
Laois County Council continues to monitor winter weather threats through the specialist Viasala system.