Storm Emma 2018 – Updates and news from the Durrow Area 🗓
Saturday at 6pm: Met Eireann have issued another status Orange warning: ” Snow-ice Warning for Munster, Leinster, Cavan and Monaghan: Widespread lying snow and ice continuing to lead to hazardous conditions. Snow melt will continue to increase river levels and may lead to localized water flooding especially in the smaller mountainous catchments and in urban areas. Issued: Saturday 03 March 2018 16:00. Valid: Saturday 03 March 2018 16:00 to Sunday 04 March 2018 12:00”
Saturday at 3pm: All footpaths are clear including in around the Church following trojan work by volunteers this morning. Met Eireann says there will be a severe frost tonight, so the thaw will pause after dark.
Saturday at 11am: The Harps and Lions are organising a work morning to clear the footpaths of snow and slush. Meet on the bridge at 11.30am.
Saturday at 10.45am: The Harps GAA Nursery Programme scheduled for Sunday is postponed for one week.
Saturday at 9am: Snowfall is turning to sleet and there is a slight thaw underway. Measurements are at 16.5cm. Temperatures have risen to 1c.
Friday at 6pm: Snowfall is moderate to heavy over Durrow and the measurements now stand at 18cm as it continues to fall over the area.
Friday at 3pm: Snowfall is moderate to heavy over Durrow and the measurements now stand at 16cm as it continues to fall. Temperatures currently -0.2c have remained below freezing since before 6pm Tuesday.
Friday 11.50am: Laois County Council have issued a press release: “A RED status weather warning remains in place for County Laois and in accordance with National advice all persons should remain indoors and do not travel and STAY SAFE. Please be advised if you require the assistance of the emergency services please dial 999. The local number for the Severe Weather Communication Centre is 1890837273. Emergency shelter is available on request.” Read more [HERE]
Friday 10.15am: Country Market in Durrow is cancelled this Saturday due to the inclement weather, normal service will resume Saturday week.
Friday 9am: Snowfall not as heavy throughout the night as predicted. Totals now at 12cm, however there are large variations in depths as drifting has occurred with the strong wind. Temperatures are still sub-zero at -0.4c. This morning’s snowfall seems to be getting heavier…
Thursday 7.30pm: RTE TV weather broadcast by meteorologist Siobhan Ryan suggests record levels of snow for the Midlands, South and East. Durrow geographically is central to those three regions. Met Eireann have also extended the status Red warning to 6pm Friday. On the same broadcast she suggested the possibility of snow continuing into Saturday.
Thursday 4.45pm: The temperature is holding steady at -1.5c but the winds have increased a little more. Some light snowfall for the past hour has stopped again, replacing what little thaw there was in a sunnier interval earlier. Cloud from Emma is now overhead, but the first effects of the storm are still 80 miles off SE Wexford, affecting Cornwall and southern Wales at present. It is expected to arrive in Durrow after 7.30pm.
Thursday 2.45pm: Road conditions around Durrow town – main streets and roads are clear, estates are poor, some light thawing, Derry road, Mill road and Swan road are passable. Temperatures holding at -1c despite some weak hazy sunshine between snow flurries. Winds East by Northeast averaging 15mph gusting 30mph with slight blowing of snow at times.
Thursday 12.30pm: Laois County Council have issued a press release: “Met Eireann have issued a current Red status weather warning and the advisory is to remain indoors from 4pm today and STAY SAFE. Please be advised if you require the assistance of the emergency services please dial 999. The local number for the Severe Weather Communication Centre is 1890837273. Emergency shelter is available on request.” Read more [HERE]
Thursday 11.25am: St. Vincent de Paul – Contact us, in strict confidence on (087) 1917813 (New Number).
Thursday 11am: As expected, Durrow Community Council have postponed the Senior Citizen’s Party planned for Saturday. Please inform all senior citizens who were due to attend this event. A new date will be decided on later.
Thursday 10.40am: Meals on Wheels will be delivered today, Thursday but please note there will be no service tomorrow, Friday due to the status Red weather warning.
Thursday 9am: Durrow weather station records a -9.7c minimum temperature, the coldest since Christmas Day 2010. Snow depths are at 9cm.
Wednesday 11.30pm: MET EIREANN have upgraded status Red to commence from 11pm until 3pm Friday. All schools and non-essential public services will close.
Wednesday 5pm: Laois GAA cancel all games scheduled for this weekend. The County Board Draw is also postponed until next Wednesday night, it was due to go ahead this Friday night.
Wednesday 11.55am: MET EIREANN have issued a status Red warning for Snow-Ice across Leinster and Munster.
Wednesday 7.15am: Following overnight snowfall of 6cm Our Lady’s Meadow School and Heywood Community Schools are closed.