Snow and ice making roads treacherous in Laois and Offaly as Storm Fionn bears down

Cold and unsettled weather outlook

Snow forecast

Met Éireann issues weather warnings.

Motorists have been urged to take care driving on roads across midlands as snow has accumulated on some main roads as Storm Fionn bears down on Ireland.

The N80 from Tullamore to Killeigh is reported to be badly affected with a stretch from Mountellick to Killeigh hazardous. 

Motorists are being urged to take care and reduce their speed on snow covered main and back roads.

Met Éireann has issued a Status Yellow Snow and Ice warning for this evening and road conditions are expected to worsen

Met Eireann has issued four different weather warnings as Storm Fionn approaches Ireland and the UK.

In its weather forecast Met Éireann says Tuesday evening and early tonight will be very windy in western coastal counties with gusts of up to 120 km/h and a risk of coastal flooding, elsewhere winds strong or very strong and gusty. Wintry showers will continue tonight also with the continued risk of thunder. Lowest temperatures between -1 and +3 degrees.

There will be a few showers at first on Wednesday morning and fresh to strong and gusty westerly winds will gradually moderate. However, heavy and persistent rain will spread from the west later in the afternoon with strengthening southwest winds, the winds increasing strong to very strong and gusty in the evening with Gales along Atlantic coasts. Some of the rain possibly turning to sleet and snow over Ulster and north Leinster tomorrow evening. Afternoon temperatures of 3 to 7 degrees.

The general outlook is for the weather to staying cold and unsettled. During Wednesday night, a deepening depression will track eastwards across the country, bringing very strong or possibly severe winds for a time. There will be heavy rain associated with it as well and possibly snow over parts of Ulster. Please monitor the forecast and any related weather warnings as the time comes closer. 

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