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17th Feb 2022

Schools in 7 counties will close tomorrow due to Storm Eunice

Fiona Frawley

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Batten down the hatches.

A Status Red Wind Warning has been issued by Met Éireann for tomorrow for counties Cork and Kerry, with an Orange Warning issued for Carlow, Dublin, Kildare, Kilkenny, Laois, Offaly, Wexford, Wicklow, Munster and Galway.

A Status Orange Snow Warning will also be in place tomorrow for Donegal, Leitrim, Sligo, Mayo and Roscommon. Finally, Yellow Wind, Rain and Snow warnings have been issued for the entire country.

Basically, it’s looking like tomorrow’s going to be a day to stay in and do nothing.

Met Éireann has forecast “severe and damaging winds” as well as “blizzard-like conditions in parts”.

The Department of Education have confirmed that due to the severity of Storm Eunice, schools in counties where Status Red wind warnings are in place and in counties where Status Orange snow warnings are in place should not open tomorrow (18th Feb).

For the moment, that’s Cork, Kerry, Donegal, Leitrim, Sligo, Mayo and Roscommon. 

The Department of Education have said:

Met Éireann has advised that this is a multi-hazard event with wind and heavy snow. Storm Eunice will bring heavy sleet and snow leading to blizzard-like conditions in parts with treacherous driving conditions. The storm is expected to impact most during school commuting hours and this will make journeys to school extremely hazardous in the morning in those areas.

Remote teaching and learning should commence where possible, in line with schools’ remote teaching and learning plans.

According to Virgin Media News (via Gavan Reilly, of course), These five counties in particular have been singled out because they are subject to orange snow warnings, which pose the risk of particularly treacherous driving conditions. Other counties under non-snow orange warnings remain under review.

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