The West is continuing to escape the worst of the weather so far, as Met Eireann has issued a status RED snow & ice warning for Munster and Leinster.

The forecaster says they're predicting 'blizzard-like' conditions with heavy snow and strong winds.

The red alert is valid from 4pm tomorrow afternoon until mid-day on Friday.

Overnight snow across the East has severely disrupted travel so far today.

Up to 80 flights in and out of Dublin airport have been cancelled due to the 'Beast from the East'.

Cork airport has suspended flights until midday - while Shannon airport is fully operational, as is Ireland West Airport Knock.

Bus Éireann is warning of major disruption in the east and says all services from Dublin to Athlone and Galway have been cancelled.

In the capital, Dublin Bus is operating a limited service, while there’s disruption on the Luas.

Irish Rail says all its services are operating as normal but passengers can expect delays.

Snow showers occurred this morning across parts of Galway city and county, as well as Co Roscommon and parts of East Mayo, including Ballyhaunis and Claremorris.

Met Eireann has issued a status yellow snow and ice warning for Connacht for today and up to mid-day tomorrow, but conditions will get worse, with persistent snow expected in the West tomorrow night and into Friday.

A status orange weather warning is in place for Connacht from 8pm tomorrow evening until 12 noon on Friday.

Met Eireann is forecasting persistent snow Thursday night and into Friday, which-together with strong easterly winds – may lead to snow drifts.

Meanwhile - the government has confirmed they will double the fuel allowance for this week.

Around 330,000 people will benefit from the extra 22.50 this week to heat their homes.

 

 

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