Snow plough in Mountmellick. Pic - Diana S
All Laois County Council staff are at work clearing roads but the local authority reiterated that the public must take extreme care on roads as some are impassable and others hazardous.
The council also reminded the Status Orange weather warning remains in place for Laois until 6pm on Saturday, March 3. Met Éireann warns some snow and widespread treacherous surfaces due to ice and lying snow.
It also advises that rain will begin to spread from the south today and this will start the melting process with potential flooding.
Laois County Council's statement emphasised the importance of putting safety first while the clearance work is being carried out.
"Motorway and National routes are being treated and drivers should continue to take extreme care. Certain other routes in the County are impassable and conditions on all other routes remain hazardous.
"Council ploughing / salting /gritting operations commenced at 6am this morning on priority 1 routes and the focus is now on priority 2 routes. All Laois County Council outdoors crews are deployed at present, working at town centre locations and on county and local roads.
"Laois County Council have also engaged the support of 30 contractors to support us in our efforts to unblock as many local and county roads as possible and support the emergency services in reaching locations where incidents are arising," said the statement issued this morning.
The council also advises people who need the help of the emergency services please dial 999. The local number for the Severe Weather Communication Centre is 1890837273. Emergency shelter is available on request.
They also ask the public to check www.winterready.ie/ for information and advice on how to deal with potential adverse weather conditions affecting homeowners, businesses, farming community etc. Please also check on the elderly and isolated neighbours and friends and ensure they have adequate stocks of food and fuel.
For Further Information please visit www.laois.ie