Emergency crews across Longford are on standby today as the county braces itself for the worst snow storm in more than 30 years.
Longford County Council's Severe Weather Assessment Team met yesterday afternoon to put in place contingency plans as an Arctic weather front dubbed ‘Beast from the East’ prepares to hit Irish shores later today.
A second meeting is pencilled in for later today with the Council insisting it is well prepared for all eventualities.
"Longford County Council will continue to monitor the weather forecasts and plans are being put in place to mobilise the necessary resources as they are required," a statement to longfordleader.ie outlined.
"Longford County Council has a winter maintenance plan in place for managing this type of weather event.
Temperatures are expected to plummet well below freezing later this evening with the first spatterings of snow expected to hit the county overnight and during the early hours of tomorrow morning.
Met Éireann is expecting snowfall accumulations of between 4cm and 6cm to fall with the eastern half of the country likely to experience 50cm of snow on Thursday and Friday.
That spell, or 'Storm Emma' as it has been termed is being billed as potentially the worst snow storm to hit the country since the big freeze of 1982.
Emergency plans are in place for widespread schools closures on Thursday and Friday after school transport chiefs were warned heavy snow could lead to all services being suspended.
Met Éireann say the issuing of a Status Red warning across much of the country is possible due to the sheer scale of blizzard like conditions that are forecast.
In the interim a Status Yellow warning is in place for Kilkenny, Longford, Wexford, Offaly, Westmeath, Cork, Tipperary and Waterford from 6.00pm today until 11.00am on Wednesday.