Status Red weather alert for 5 counties as 'snow beast' descends

BREAKING Met Éireann upgrades Weather Warning Status for Longford to Orange

Trinity College Dublin have yet to make a statement on whether they will cancel facilities for the day or not and Maynooth University has told students it is closed and is "likely" to remain closed tomorrow and Friday.

Further heavy snowfall will continue across many parts of the east of the country today. It is set to intensify later this week.

Met Éireann have issued a Status Red weather warning, which now extends to Friday at midday.

This is the second time in this academic year that schools in Ireland have had to shut it's doors to pupils and students due to a Status Red weather warning, after Storm Ophelia hit in October.

A snow plough clears a road at Dublin airport, as heavy snow has caused more misery for travellers overnight.

Status Red weather warning set to be extended over Munster and Leinster
Many schools to remain closed today

Regarding the snow in the Dublin-Wicklow area, she said, "the wind is coming in off the sea and it is rising up off the mountains". From the late afternoon towards the evening, however, we can expect blizzard-like conditions.

Meanwhile the National Emergency Coordination Group for severe weather has warned of possible flooding.

The public safety advice for people to shelter indoors has been withdrawn as the blizzard conditions have passed.

A red warning means that people should take precautions to protect themselves and their belongings, by staying inside until the storm passes or salting/gritting driveways and paths.

Met Éireann also said that the snow will continue until the weekend, including some wintry showers on Saturday.

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