Weather Alert upgraded to STATUS RED in Tipperary

Weather Alert upgraded to STATUS RED in Tipperary

Met Éireann says there will be blizzard-like conditions, giving significant snow drifts in many areas from 4pm tomorrow until midday on Friday.

Some 22,000 homes, farms and businesses are still without power this morning.

According to AccuWeather, there could be up 30cms (one foot) of snow in Limerick over the next 24 hours once the expected blizzard-like conditions hit.

Wind is strengthening in many areas of the south-east, adding to problems with visibility. The warning expires at 6.00 pm.

A spokesperson for Arnotts Department Store said that the store will also be closed tomorrow due to the serious weather warnings.

Highest temperatures today will be between -1 and 3C.

The National Emergency Coordination Group has said in a statement that conditions are, and will, remain very hard and the public are advised continue to exercise high levels of caution for their own safety in the accumulated snow and icy conditions.

The HSE has warned of potential disruptions to health services in some parts of the country as a result of the severe cold weather.

The Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine has stressed that farm safety is paramount during the bad weather.

If tending to animals in remote locations, it is advised that a second person should accompany the farmer.

The Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has said we won't have seen conditions like this since 1982. She added that as the zones pushed forward, they could probably turn to a mix of rain and sleet. Highest temperatures of 4 to 7 degrees, but a few degrees lower on high ground. Frost is again forecast in many places overnight.

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