Weather warning for Donegal downgraded to Orange

Weather warning for Donegal downgraded to Orange

A STATUS Red weather warning for Munster and Leinster has been extended until 6pm tomorrow.

There will be no Dublin Bus, Luas, Dart or Iarnród Éireann services today, with decisions due to be taken on tomorrow's services later today.

All busses leaving the county are also operating, except the 4.25pm Route 425/425A (Galway - Mountbellew - Roscommon - Longford) which has been cancelled.

However, in an update, issued shortly after 7pm this Thursday, Met Éireann extended the status red weather alert by a further three hours.

"Icy with temperatures as low as -4C and strong to gale force northeast winds".

Cork Airport, Kerry Airport, Shannon Airport and Ireland West Airport will reopen on tomorrow morning.

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Hundreds of flights have been cancelled at Dublin Airport but it remains open as crews worked through the night to clear snow from the apron and taxiway.

The weather warning will remain in place until 12pm Friday. It said that the National Ambulance Service is prioritising emergency calls.

Schools, third level institutions and colleges of further education countrywide will remain closed for the rest of the week.

Temperatures in the midlands dropped to around -7C in some areas and problems were reported with nearly zero visibility in high winds.

It says blizzard-like conditions will develop in heavy snow and strong easterly winds on Thursday evening (March 1) and will continue Thursday night and Friday morning (March 2) giving significant snow drifts in many areas. "Severe thunderstorms could affect large areas of Munster and coastal areas of Leinster".

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