Gardaí warn Longford people to stay indoors

Aisling Kiernan

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Aisling Kiernan

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Storm Emma

Snowfall has lead to dangerous driving conditions on the Ballinalee to Granard road today.

With a status Red weather warning now firmly in place, gardaí have advised the public to stay indoors from 4pm today.

Met Eireann has indicated that a blizzard will hit later leading to heavy snowfall and below freezing conditions.

Gardaí say there will be zero visability across the entire country later this evening.  

“Forecasters predict the nation is to be hit with blizzard like conditions with zero visability later tonight which will extend countrywide,” a garda spokesperson added.

“Heavier snow is expected in from the south east with thunderstorms and hail over Munster and south Leinster.

“Gale force winds with risk of coastal flooding expected.”

Locally, back roads are in very poor condition and snow has been falling at a steady pace for the last couple of hours.  

Gardaí have also advised people not to make unnecessary journeys and to check in on elderly neighbours.

“Everyone across the country is been advised to stay indoors from 4pm today due to Storm Emma and remember to check in on elderly and vulnerable neighbours,” the Gardaí concluded.  

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