Driving snow, howling winds and treacherous driving conditions instigated by the onset of Storm Emma has effectively brought Co Longford and the entire country to a standstill.
These were the unseemly conditions faced by the few motorists and last minute shoppers who braved the sub zero temperatures in Granard this morning.
The Leader was out and about in the north Longford town to witness at first hand the sheer scale of what is being dubbed as the worst storm to hit Ireland in over three decades.
Bread vans and delivery trucks were observed as local shops endevoured to keep pace with consumer demand levels that has seen some outlets left with bare shelves and low stock levels.
People have been urged to stay indoors as a severe storm is set to dump up to 40cm of snow across Ireland on Thursday and Friday.
A Status Red weather warning, the highest level available to Met Éireann chiefs came into effect at 11pm last night night and is in place until 3pm on Friday.
Met Éireann had initially issued a red weather alert for Munster and Leinster but last night extended the warning to the whole country.