MET Eireann extend Status Red Alert

Latest Weather Update Heavy snow showers will continue overnight

Rain is set to lash much of the country overnight after Met Eireann this morning lifted the final Status Red alert valid for five eastern counties since last night.

The latest Met Eireann Weather Forecast is predicting further heavy falls of snow this evening and tonight with icy conditions and a strong easterly winds. It said that the National Ambulance Service is prioritising emergency calls.

As the impact of Storm Emma is being felt across the country, here is what we know so far.

It is expected to hit Ireland harder than anywhere else, and it is predicted to be the worst snow storms since 1982.

Blizzards are expected to strike the south coast from 4pm on Thursday afternoon as the polar conditions mix with Storm Emma's gales, up to 100km/h.

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar appealed for people to heed the advice.

The forecaster added: "Most places will be dry and cloudy on Sunday but scattered outbreaks of rain and drizzle will mainly affect the south and east of the country".

Matthews, who run 133 services a day between the north east and Dublin, say the company will continue to review the situation and passengers will be kept updated through the Matthews.ie Facebook page.

Schools, airports, rail, bus and tram travel, creches and childcare facilities are all being impacted.

Transport networks will be back in action today, but they will be operating limited services.

Met Éireann's weather reports for at 8pm this evening showed only one weather station recording a temperature above freezing.

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