Orange weather warning persists

Orange weather warning persists

Between 4cm and 8cm of snow is expected but Met √Čireann has also warned of deeper snow drifts in some areas. The 24-hour warning came into effect at 11pm on Saturday.

They include snow, wind and rain.

"Most areas of the country will experience either heavy rainfall or heavy snowfall on Saturday night [and/or] Sunday", it said.

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All road users should check local weather and traffic conditions and be aware of the conditions before setting out on a trip.

The co-ordination group advised the public to follow update in the media and online that driving conditions could be hard until Monday.

Met √Čireann says that with severe frost, ice and lying snow expected in all counties this evening, road conditions will be treacherous due to snow and ice accumulations and paths will also be very slippy. "Coldest inland and across the north and east". Allow extra distance between you and the vehicle in front.

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The new status orange snow-ice warning is in place for Cavan, Monaghan, Donegal, Longford, Leitrim, Mayo and Sligo and began at 4pm today (Thursday December 7) and will remain in place until 6pm on Friday December 8. Most places will be dry and bright with sunny spells, but cloudier in the southwest of Munster with rain developing into the afternoon.

Snow is continuing to fall across Offaly this morning and it will continue throughout the afternoon.

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