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Snow, wind and rain expected as Laois County Council issue Storm Eunice warning

Storm Eunice

Laois County Council have issued a warning ahead of the arrival of Storm Eunice which is set to batter us on Friday.

The Atlantic Storm is expected to make landfall this evening with the worst of the weather here from 1am to 3pm on Friday.

Laois is under and Orange Warning for wind and the storm is also expected to bring snow and rain.

We’ve experienced a lot of bad weather this February and that is not set to change this weekend either with more rain forecast.

In a statement, Laois’s Severe Weather Assessment Team are urging people to be cautious.

They said: “Laois County Council’s Severe Weather Assessment Team has closely monitored the evolving forecasted weather conditions for Storm Eunice relating to County Laois.

“Taking account of the current local forecast, including two Met Éireann Weather Warnings currently in effect for Snow, Wind and Rain in County Laois, the Severe Weather Assessment Team advises that driving conditions across County Laois are likely to deteriorate from 1am tonight, Friday 18th February, through to 3pm tomorrow afternoon.

“All road users should be aware of the hazardous traveling conditions, and only necessary journeys should be undertaken. Motorists should slow down and be aware of the dangers of fallen trees and debris.

“Cyclists, pedestrians, motorcyclists and high sided vehicles are particularly vulnerable during this time.

“Motorists undertaking necessary journeys should avoid higher ground where conditions are likely to be more severe.

“Advice for households on preparing for cold weather is available on the Winter Ready website at www.winterready.ie

“In the case of an emergency dial 999 or 112.”

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Stradbally native Alan Hartnett is a graduate of Knockbeg College who has worked in the local and national media since 2008. Alan has a BA in Economics, Politics and Law and an MA in Journalism from DCU. His happiest moment was when Jody Dillon scored THAT goal in the Laois senior football final in 2016.