WEATHER UPDATE: Met Éireann forecasts that significant accumulations of snow possible as cold snap continues

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WEATHER UPDATE: Met Éireann forecasts that significant accumulations of snow  possible as cold snap continues

Pupils at St Teresa's National School in Longford enjoying the snow. PHOTO: Aine Brady

Met Éireann has updated its status yellow weather alert warning that “significant accumulations” of snow are possible in parts of Longford this Thursday as the cold snap continues.

Following snowfall overnight, many parts of Longford were covered in a blanket of snow this Wednesday morning – creating difficulties for some commuters.

Many of Longford's secondary roads were impassable this morning and a number of schools are also closed.

Also read: Many of Longford's secondary roads are impassable this morning

Also read: A number of Longford schools closed due to snowfall and dangerous road conditions

A spokesperson for Longford County Council says it is monitoring the situation and is in regular contact with other agencies.

In its latest update, Met Éireann says it will continuing very cold for the remainder of the week with “widespread frost, ice and lying snow” in places.

Also read: Met Éireann warns of treacherous weather with snow and temperatures dropping like a stone

A status yellow snow/ice warning, which was issued on Tuesday morning, remains in place until midday on Saturday.

“Further wintry falls in parts of the southwest, west and north today but the showers will ease later,” states the warning.

“On Thursday, a wintry mix of rain, sleet and snow will move in accompanied by strong easterly winds. Significant accumulations of snow are possible on high ground and with some accumulations to lower-levels at times,” it adds.