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17th Feb 2022

Storm Eunice: Will schools be forced to close ahead of blustery conditions?

Kat O'Connor

Storm Eunice is set to bring multi-hazard weather events to Ireland on Friday.

Due to the severity of the storm, schools will close in areas with Status Red wind warnings.

Schools with Status Orange snow warning are also set to remain closed.

The Department of Education has advised schools in Cork and Kerry to close their doors tomorrow.

Schools in Roscommon, Donegal, Mayo, Sligo, and Leitrim will also remain closed.

The Department of Education stated that schools in multiple counties should close because of  “the extreme nature of Storm Eunice”.

It is concerned about the threat of multi-hazard weather events.

Schools in counties where Status Red wind warnings are in place should close.

“Counties, where Status Orange snow warnings are in place, should not open tomorrow 18 February.

“Remote teaching and learning should commence where possible, it said.

“All schools should keep up-to-date with the current weather warnings which are carried on all national and local news bulletins.”

They should especially pay attention to any change in the status warning for their area.

Storm Eunice

The Department of Education understands that the storm is expected to impact most during school commuting hours. This is why they are being told to close.

Met Éireann has issued multiple warnings ahead of Storm Eunice.

It is set to bring blizzard-like conditions to parts of the country.

Motorists have also been warned about treacherous conditions.

“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.

“This will make journeys to school extremely hazardous in the morning in those areas.”

All other schools may open tomorrow.

However, they have been told to monitor the weather warnings closely.