Laois County Council has urged the public to take 'extreme caution' particularly on the roads as the county and country due to the heavy snow and freezing conditions.
Since October Laois has had to deal with a hurricane and floods and now the authorities are preparing to respond to a snow storm and a week of cold and freezing weather.
"Following on from Met Éireann’s Orange Weather Warning, Laois County Council wishes to advise that due to the expected significant falls of snow on Saturday night and throughout Sunday, accumulations of 4 to 8 cm are expected quite widely with greater totals possible.
"An extreme frost of minus 4 degrees C is expected Sunday night and Monday morning which will lead to treacherous conditions on roads due to compacted snow and ice.
"Extreme caution is advised when travelling and all drivers are asked to slow down and drive in a manner appropriate to the conditions on the road," said a statement.
Kieran Kehoe, Director of Services gave an outline of how the council is preparing to respond:
- All crews on alert
- Salt stocks in place
- Snow ploughs ready