Status Red weather warning set to be extended over Munster and Leinster

A Status Red weather warning for snow and ice is set to be extended to cover Munster and Leinster in the coming days, according to Met Eireann.

Blizzard-like conditions are likely to develop; heavy snow and strong easterly winds tomorrow evening (Thursday, March 1) will continue tomorrow night and into Friday morning, giving significant snow drifts in many areas.

Issued this morning, this warning will come into effect at 4:00pm tomorrow evening and will remain in place until 12:00pm on Friday, March 2.

A Status Orange snow and ice warning for Connacht, Cavan and Monaghan will also be valid from 8:00pm tomorrow evening until midday on Friday.

Persistent snow will develop tomorrow night in these areas and will continue into Friday. Together with strong easterly winds, this may lead to snow drifts.

As it stands, a Status Red weather warning for snow and ice is currently in place for counties Dublin, Kildare, Louth, Wicklow and Meath.

Heavy overnight snowfall has led to accumulations of snow between 5cm and 10cm, according to Met Eireann. Snow showers will continue to occur during today and again tonight, with further accumulations.

Total snowfall up to midday tomorrow may reach 25cm, the Irish meteorological office warned. This warning will be valid until 12:00pm tomorrow.

Counties Carlow, Kilkenny, Laois, Longford, Wexford, Offaly, Westmeath, Cork, Tipperary and Waterford have been issued with a Status Orange snow and ice warning until 12:00 tomorrow.

Scattered heavy snow showers are forecast to continue in these areas today, tonight and tomorrow.

Similarly, a Status Yellow snow and ice warning is in place across Connacht as well as counties Cavan, Monaghan, Donegal, Clare and Limerick. This will remain valid until 12:00pm tomorrow.

A meeting of the National Emergency Co-ordination Group for Severe Weather is taking place in Dublin this morning.

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