WEATHER WARNING: Met Éireann issue Status Orange snow and ice warning for Offaly

Offaly is one of 17 counties included in Met Éireann's latest Status Orange snow and ice warning

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WEATHER: Met Éireann issue Status Orange snow and ice warning for Laois

Fantastic picture taken in Portarlington this morning December 8 by Cathal Burke @cathalbur shared on Twitter.

A Status Orange snow and ice alert has been issued for Offaly for this weekend.

Up to 3cm of snow was forecast between Thursday and Friday with this icy warning set to continue until 11pm on Sunday. 

Met Éireann has issued the following Status Orange warning.

"Significant falls of snow are expected Saturday night and into Sunday. Accumulations of 4 to 8 cm could occur quite widely with greater totals possible. Drifting snow locally at times too with brisk winds. Slippery paths and treacherous roads also due to snow accumulation and ice."

AA Roadwatch has advised motorists to allow extra time to defrost your car before your journey and keep in mind that stopping distances are up to 10 times longer in icy conditions.