WEATHER: Met Éireann issue Status Orange snow and ice warning for Laois

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WEATHER: Met Éireann issue Status Orange snow and ice warning for Laois

Fantastic picture taken in Portarlington this morning December 8 by Cathal Burke @cathalbur shared on Twitter.

A Status Orange snow and ice alert has been issued for Laois for this weekend.

Laois is one of 17 counties included in Met Éireann's latest Status Orange snow and ice warning. 

The warning for this weekend covers all of Connacht and counties Cavan, Monaghan, Donegal, Dublin, Kildare, Laois, Longford, Louth, Wicklow, Offaly, Westmeath and Meath.

Some parts of the county have already experience snowfall today. 

Up to 3cm of snow was forcast between Thursday and Friday with this icy warning set to continue until 11pm on Sunday. 

Met Éireann has issued the following Status Orange warning.

"Significant falls of snow are expected Saturday night and into Sunday. Accumulations of 4 to 8 cm could occur quite widely with greater totals possible. Drifting snow locally at times too with brisk winds. Slippery paths and treacherous roads also due to snow accumulation and ice.

Issued:
Friday 08 December 2017 11:00
Valid:
Saturday 09 December 2017 23:00 to Sunday 10 December 2017 23:00"

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