Laois motorways remain passable but not for long #stormemma #beastfromtheeast

Lynda Kiernan


Lynda Kiernan


beastfromtheeast STORM EMMA SNOW WEATHER

M7 motorway near The Heath, Portlaoise.

Are you still making your way home to Laois before #StormEmma hits today?

Motorists need to be aware that the 67km of motorways that go through Laois will soon become covered in snow.

They are still currently passable, according to Laois County Council, but gritters and snow ploughs are now being recalled, for the duration of the Status Red snow blizzard that will set in from 4pm today.

The M7 and M8 motorways through Laois are gritted and snow ploughed by contractors on behalf of Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII).

"Motorway contractors are working on keeping routes open, all are open in Laois at present," Laois County Council's Director of Services for Transportation Kieran Kehoe told the Leinster Express shortly after 2pm.

However he confirmed that as with the council's own machines treating Laois roads, they are ending work until after the blizzard passes.

Laois weather update

Laois County Council's own gritters and snowploughs keeping main roads and towns passable, are also stopping and returning to base, until after Storm Emma passes tonight. Read full story here.

As well as the Motorways, only about 20 percent of Laois roads totalling 426km, are treated with salting trucks. Another 42 km of roads are treated around urban routes in Portlaoise, Portarlington and Mountmellick. That leaves some 1,800 km of Laois roads untreated.

These are the roads gritted in Laois