This is what will happen in Offaly when Storm Emma hits the Beast from the East
Offaly has already experienced extremely heavy snow with around 10cm falling on Tuesday night and a further 5cm on Wednesday night, but a Status Red weather warning will be in place on Thursday having been launched on Wednesday night at 11pm.
There has been widespread disruption already but Thursday's warning, which came into force at 11pm on Wednesday, is bringing the country to a halt.
The warning has been issued due to the expected arrival of Storm Emma, which has been subject to a Status Red warning in Portugal, arrives at the south of Ireland and collides with the Siberian weatherfront, labelled the Beast from the East, which has been sweeping the country in recent days.
Met Éireann has said that when the cold Siberian front meets the warm system associated with Storm Emma, a huge amount of precipitation will fall because of the differences in air pressure.
This precipitation with fall as sleet and snow, with falls of around 30cm expected in Offaly on Thursday and Friday. The weather warning will be in place until 3pm on Friday.
Storm Emma will bring the added complication of strong winds, with gales of up to 110km/h likely in many areas. This will result in blizzard-like conditions and zero visibility on the roads. Motorists are being warned against taken any journeys unless absolutely neccessary.
The weather event will last for almost 24 hours, but further wintry showers are expected over the weekend. Temperatures as low as -8 degrees over the course of the next few days will also make it hard for snow to thaw out and clear.
People are advised to heed all warnings and you can keep up to date with them here at www.offalyexpress.ie.