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.
Longford Town ❄❄❄❄❄❄❄ pic.twitter.com/laNPNZRSuX— Joanne Sheil (@JoanneSheil) January 30, 2019
Snowy in Granard! pic.twitter.com/cHpWojUPZO— Kiernan Milling (@KMStewarts) January 30, 2019
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.
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.
Very cold with widespread frost and icy patches this morning and with lying snow in places. All areas will have good sunny spells today and the wintry showers will become more isolated by afternoon. Top temperatures 3 to 5 C., generally, but up to 7 C., on the southwest coast. pic.twitter.com/91pM0jP039— Met Éireann (@MetEireann) January 30, 2019