With temperatures across the West falling as low as minus 3 overnight, a bitterly cold weather front from Siberia will hit Ireland today.

The Arctic weather front, nicknamed The Beast from the East, will bring scattered snow showers along the east coast to begin, but scattered wintry showers will spread westwards across the country by this evening.

Very cold again tonight with a severe frost and icy stretches, and temperatures across Connacht fall to between minus 2 and minus 6 degrees.

The country is braced for transport chaos, widespread school closures and disruptions to supermarket supplies later in the week, as Storm Emma hits on Thursday & Friday.

The storm will see temperatures plunge to -10C, with blizzard-like conditions expected in Dublin, Leinster, the Midlands, Ulster and north Connacht.

Defence Forces teams will be on standby to support the emergency services.

The Irish Red Cross is making ambulances available, while the Irish Coastguard and Air Corps will be on standby for any medical cases in areas which are inaccessible due to ice and snow.

Taoiseach Leo Varadker is urging people to heed the weather warnings that are issued in the coming days…

A Status Orange snow and ice warning is already in place for today in Dublin, Carlow, Kildare, Laois, Louth, Wicklow and Meath – but Met Éireann say they now expect that to be upgraded to Status Red alert later in the week.

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