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Weather warning in place as snow returns

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Just two weeks since the country came to a standstill because of Storm Emma, many parts of Laois are waking up to a blanket of snow again this morning.

An Orange Weather warning is in place in eastern counties (Laois is not included in that) until midday today and with significant winds forecasted, there is a risk of snow drifting once again. A yellow snow ice warning is in place across the country.

Snow showers are expected to be heaviest and most frequent across Leinster and east Ulster.

Cathal Nolan from the Midland Weather Channel says that 5-10cm of snow will fall in places with mountainous areas such as the Slieve Blooms getting up to 15cm.

”Winds will increase … and the combination of lying snow and gale force easterly winds means that drifting may well occur in those areas which see the heaviest snow, though not on the same scale as two weeks ago,” said Cathal on his Facebook page.

The bad weather is again likely to play havoc with the local sports fixtures.

The Laois hurlers are due to play Antrim in Dunloy in the Allianz Hurling League Division 1B relegation playoff while the Laois camogie team are away to Armagh and the ladies minor football team take on Dublin in the Leinster quarter-final in Annanough.

There is also a number of local rugby and soccer games down for decision as well as Palmer Cup hurling action between Camross and Abbeyleix.