Local authorities are preparing for the worst.
Local authorities in the midlands are preparing for significant snow this week.
A national weather advisory for cold weather is currently in place until Wednesday.
In Laois, a fleet of five winter maintenance vehicles for regional and national roads, and two for Portlaoise and Mountmellick are on standby, along full stocks of salt.
Adrian Barrett, senior engineer with Laois County Council, says a helpline will be available for anyone affected: