Met Éireann issue Status Red weather warning: 'take action to protect yourselves and your property'
The highest level weather warning has been issued to a lot of the east coast of Ireland.
Met Éireann have upgraded their snow and ice weather warning to a status red as of 5am on Wednesday morning.
The warning is currently in effect and will is set to remain in place until midday on Thursday.
Dublin, Kildare, Louth, Meath and Wickow have been issued the status red warning, which is said to include heavy overnight snowfall has led to accumulations of snow between 5 and 10cm.
Snow showers will continue to occur during today and again tonight with further accumulations and the total snowfall up to midday Thursday may reach as high as 25cm.
According to the weather service, a status red weather warning "should be a comparatively rare event and implies that recipients take action to protect themselves and/or their properties; this could be by moving their families out of the danger zone temporarily; by staying indoors; or by other specific actions aimed at mitigating the effects of the weather conditions."
Additionally, a new status orange snow and ice weather warning has been put in place for Wexford, Cork and Waterford, which is also in place until midday on Thursday, as forecasters predict heavy snow showers will continue today, tonight and during tomorrow for the three counties, with snow accumulations of up to 8cm in some areas.